For over 45 years, Georges Dupras has worked tirelessly to promote animal advocacy and environmental protection in Canada.  The CHDC would like to recommend his latest book Ethics, A Human Condition:  Animal Rights, Human Rights, Environmentalism, “Beyond the Rhetoric.”  Mr. Dupras, a resident of Quebec, is also a director of the Animal Alliance of Canada.  […]

Rules and Regulations – Canadian Horse Defence Coalition Short Story Competition Submission Deadline Date:  December 15, 2017 THEME The theme of all stories submitted must be horse rescue.  Stories may be fiction, creative non-fiction, or autobiographical.  Stories will be assessed according to the following parameters:  details of horse rescue, quality of writing style, characterization, plot, […]

Over recent weeks, the issue of exporting live horses for slaughter has achieved well-deserved media coverage: Global News – Live Horses Shipped From Canadian Airports to Japan for Slaughter Accompanying video for above article CJOB Radio Winnipeg interview between host Geoff Currier and Dr. Harper and Katie Dangerfield iPolitics – Legalized Cruelty – The Gaps […]

Dr. Maureen Harper is a veterinarian who worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for 30 years. Prior to retirement in 2011, Dr. Harper was acting program officer responsible for the delivery of the animal transport program in Ontario.  The following article, Legalized cruelty: the gaps in Canada’s animal transport laws, was written by […]

Coming on the heels of an announcement that Les Viandes de la Petite Nation slaughter plant in Saint-André-Avellin PQ has temporarily closed due to the non-availability of horses to slaughter, the CHDC has recently been following several recalls of horsemeat/carcasses in several countries.  The recalls have been issued for horse products from Canada, Denmark, and […]

The newspaper La Petite Nation announced the temporary closing of Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) slaughter plant in Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec.  The slaughterhouse was at the centre of the 2011 Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s investigation entitled ‘Pasture to Plate‘ that showed horrific abuse during the stunning process, the predatory nature of the slaughter industry from auction […]

The public comment period for input into proposed amendments to animal transport regulations has now been closed without input from all stakeholders. Retired CFIA veterinarian of 30 years, Dr. Maureen Harper, tried to get in front of the Ag. Committee to testify but submissions had been abruptly closed off. Please read Dr. Harper’s letters regarding the […]

Horse slaughter plant, KML Meat Processors Ltd. in Westwold, B.C., has certainly experienced its share of problems in the last few years.  Most recently,  it has had its licence to operate suspended effective March 23, 2017. The suspension was related to the ineffective stunning of slaughter animals prior to slaughter. On March 29, 2017, the […]

MP Murray Rankin (NDP – Victoria) has,  with the assistance of Michael Bernard of HSI and the CHDC, submitted questions to the government via Order Paper on March 6, 2017. We have attached the questions below;  you can read the original Q-909 here at the bottom of the page.  Responses to Order Papers are normally […]

Here are the final statistics for horses slaughtered in Canada in 2016, the numbers from the US and the numbers of horses exported for slaughter.  We are also including the unfortunately named “Horse Supply” numbers from Ag-Canada.  Numbers for 2017 have not been released yet. Slaughter numbers are down 20% over 2015. According to the […]