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CHDC vs. CFIA: Final Hearing for Exported Slaughter Horses

At the end of last month, the Federal Court in Vancouver heard a ground-breaking case about the way the CFIA, an agency of the Canadian Federal Government, has failed to protect animals. The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC), a non-profit organization that has for years been documenting the live exports of horses overseas by air […]

The CHDC and MDHPIC Announce the First “Hearts for Horses” Online Auction of Merchandise and Services!

Dear Friends, A few months ago we surveyed our readership to find out what kinds of fundraising efforts YOU would like to see, to support the CHDC and our registered charity, Marie Dean Horse Protection Initiatives – Canada.  As you are aware, the CHDC has an current need for donations to support our lawsuit against […]

400 Emaciated, Dying, and Dead Horses In Argentina Prompts Call for Suspension of Horsemeat Trade

Dear Supporters, Please share this video provided by our  partners Tierschutzbund and The Animal Welfare Foundation, which depicts the cruelty inflicted on approximately 400 emaciated, dying, and dead horses observed on a pasture near Buenos Aires.  This pasture is a source of horses used to supply horsemeat to EU-approved slaughterhouses. TSB/AWF and the Eurogroup for […]

Ask a Simple Question, Get a Convoluted Answer

What is it with government, that a simple question cannot be addressed with a straightforward and truthful response?  Please see the e-mail string below. How easy it would be to say yes or no to the question asked by a concerned citizen. The welfare of horses depends on honest answers, not platitudes about humane treatment! […]

Canada’s Horseflesh Industry Scores Again: Neglected, Lame “Pet” Slaughtered for Meat

The CHDC has recently obtained documents through Access to Information, regarding Canadian Food Inspection Agency equine inspections performed from October 1 to October 31, 2018 at federally licensed slaughter establishments. Records received were from Bouvry Exports Calgary Ltd., Fort Macleod, Alberta and Viandes Richelieu Inc., Massueville, Quebec. One trailer carrying 11 horses was refused at […]

We Get Mail – A Reader Addresses the “Detestable Business of Slaughtering Horses”

From time to time we publish letters written by horse advocates.  They may be letters to the editor, or an op-ed piece,  or like the letter we received from Joe Muff of Whitehorse, Yukon, they convey shock and dismay at the discovery of the horse slaughter industry in Canada.  Here’s Joe’s letter to us: “Canadian […]

Let’s Make Horse Slaughter an Election Issue in Canada!

  Dear Horse Defenders, In just a few short months, Canadians will have an opportunity to choose the next federal government.   While jobs, health care, pipelines and other mainstream issues will be under discussion over the summer, we wonder which politicians will take time to consider the welfare and rights of non-human animals.  Specifically, […]

Feedback Requested on Important Fundraising Efforts – Please Complete Our Survey

    Dear Supporters, Would you take a few minutes to take part in this important survey that will help guide us in our fundraising efforts?  We would like to gain your thoughts, opinions, and insights, in order to better fundraise for horse initiatives in the future.  The survey should only take you 5 minutes […]

How to Make Horse Slaughter an Election Issue…and Why It’s a Critical Strategy

The Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place on or before October 21, 2019 and certain party leaders are already out in full swagger, attempting to secure votes from various groups.  Between now and the election, we will see more public appearances as speeches are refined and platforms are polished. But while we listen […]

Access to Information Documents – Live Shipments of Horses and Yearlings to Korea

Through Access to Information, for the first time the CHDC has obtained documents regarding the transport of horses to Korea for slaughter. According to figures available from Statistics Canada, 360 horses were exported to that country in 2018, all during the month of September and all from the province of Alberta. While information regarding all […]