Tag Archives: horse welfare

MP Alexandra Mendès – Long Term Advocate For Improving Transport Regulations

MP Alexandra Mendès (Liberal MP for the riding of Brossard-Saint Lambert, Quebec) stood in the House of Commons to draw attention to one transport hauler for upgrading their transports to ease the trauma to livestock being transported over long distances. Mme Mendès has been active in her role to upgrade Canada’s archaic transport laws for […]

New Footage of Live Horse Shipments to Japan Via Edmonton And Winnipeg Airports

  Since September 2017,  the CHDC has received a large number of  still and video images from Alberta feedlots and airports in Edmonton and Winnipeg showing the gentle draft horses who are caught up in the live shipments for the slaughter trade.  We’ve compiled a video capturing many of these images, which are being made […]

Healthy Draft Mare Left for Meat at Auction Due to “Bad Feet”

  These photos depict a draft mare left at the Kawartha Lakes Community Sales Barn in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario on Saturday March 10th.  As you can see,  her feet are in need of farrier care.  The owner of this mare was adamant that she go for meat due to her “terrible feet,”  which appear to […]

Final 2017 Canadian Horse Slaughter Numbers Show Substantial Decline Over 2016

For once horse supporters have something to cheer about. The final statistics for 2017 show a dramatic decline in the number of horses slaughtered in Canada. Overall, the number of horses killed in Canadian slaughter houses is down by 38%, a substantial number. Even the number of draft horses shipped to Japan for slaughter has […]

Announcing: The CHDC Short Story Contest Winners

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition short story contest is over and winners have been selected.  We received heart-warming and inspiring tales of  horse rescue.  Our entrants shared their personal experiences, and their love of horses through their writing.  Picking the best stories was difficult, here are the final standings: First Place:  The Story of Kate […]

CHDC’s Year-End Roundup of Equine News and Newsmakers for 2017

The 2017 Year End Review is a small representative of significant events taking place last year. It has been compiled to remind people what happened last year – some events, as the EU new regulations beginning in March were profound and continue to resonate through the horse slaughter industry.  Other events are equally interesting, perhaps […]

Short Story – Nature’s Way by Joel Reiff

Here’s another original short story written by Joel Reiff – it’s a fictional accounting of the writer’s experience at a Colorado auction.  Please be advised that this story contains adult themes.  This story doesn’t qualify for the CHDC’s Short Story Contest since the submissions must be made by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, […]

CHDC Releases Freedom of Information Documents on Rejected Slaughter Loads and Kurtenbach Livestock LLC

The following documents are for rejected loads of horses designated for slaughter from the U.S. for a specific time period, June 8-20, 2015.  Three of the rejected loads were enroute to the Bouvry (Bouvry Exports) slaughter plant in Alberta, one enroute to the Bouvry plant in Quebec (Viande Richelieu) and the fifth to Les Viandes […]

Agricultural Tribunal Overrules CFIA Sanction Against Horse Trucker On Appeal

Agricultural journalist Jim Romahn reported on a recent Canada Agricultural Tribunal decision that overturned a CFIA sanction against an American trucker shipping horses to Canada for slaughter.  One horse in this load was determined by a CFIA veterinarian to be unsuitable for transport,  due to lameness.  Subsequently,  the entire load of horses was rejected for import into […]

CHDC Releases Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Inspection ATI Documents for Bouvry Exports Ltd.

The following Ante Mortem and Post Mortem Inspection Reports were submitted by establishment #506 Bouvry Exports Ltd., Fort Macleod, Alberta to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the period of January 1- March 30, 2016.  These documents were obtained through an Access-to-Information Request, received on November 16, 2016. Information requested: Number of horses slaughtered Number […]