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Quebec Horse Slaughterhouse Investigation Requested by Humane Society International

13 Jul

source: http://www.producer.com/2016/07/quebec-slaughterhouse-investigation-requested/

Humane Society International/Canada filed a lawsuit against Viande Richealieu regarding lack of enforcement, procedures, and verifiable official records of horses imported from America for slaughter as required by Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Viande Richealieu’s procedures are no different from other Canadian abattoirs so most likely this suit could shut down horse slaughter in Canada…hoping the abattoir or the American kill buyers don’t find a workaround Canadian law.

An animal welfare group has lodged a complaint against a horse slaughter plant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Competition Bureau of Canada.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada, said the Viande Richealieu plant near Massueville, Que., is not being honest with how it manages horses before they are processed.

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This Is Horse Slaughter In Canada

22 Nov

A heart wrenching description of horse slaughter; no graphic photos but nevertheless, heart-wrenching! Many of the people who send their horses to auctions have no idea what happens to horses if they are sold to ‘horse traders’; many, if not all, are kill-buyers as was pointed out. Horse owners who love their horses need to be educated about the horse slaughter pipeline from USA to the abattoirs in Canada and Mexico.

Try as we might, not enough USA Senators have co-sponsored Senate bill S541 but many more Representatives have co-sponsored HR1094. However, neither bills have the support of the majorities in each chamber of congress. Some of the congressmen have said they would vote for the bills if these bill came to the respective floors for a vote. But the real problem is the committees in which these bills are stuck; the chairmen of the committees are against stopping horse slaughter in America. A little bit of hope since the midterm elections earlier this month – one more Senator and six more Representatives have co-sponsored – it’s a ray of hope that I never expected.


bouvry protest October 2013 protest at the Bouvry horse slaughter plant just outside of Fort Macleod, Alberta

Written by: Brian

I’m not sure which horse is haunting me the most. There was Jack. Big part draft gelding, 23 years old. Skinny as skinny, with large white saddle sore scars. Someone used him hard and threw him away.

Ginger was 26, from the same place as Jack. Friendly and gentle. She came to the fence to say hello.

The Percheron filly was a black beauty. After her trip to Alberta she might be one of the chosen ones to be shipped live from the Calgary airport. If she survives the trip (sometimes all the horses arrive dead), she’ll be slaughtered in Japan and served up raw as a high priced delicacy.

Twenty year old Copper won’t be as tender. He had some hard miles on him.

The dunn mare was in her prime…

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Canadian Parliament Defeats Food Safety Bill C-571

15 May

The Canadian House of Commons voted on whether C-571 should continue on to committee yesterday May 15, 2014,  for further consideration of the food safety laws and regulations in place regarding the slaughtering of horses. Most horses in Canada and all horses in America are not in the food pipeline. In America, horses are not regulated as food animals yet they still end up on the dinner plates in the global marketplace! C-571 could have stopped this and their reputation of safe food would not be sullied…sigh… it was defeated!

NDP Press Release:




Alex Atamanenko, MP (BC Southern Interior) issued the following statement in Ottawa regarding parliament’s defeat last night of his Bill C-571 through which he hoped to overhaul the horse meat industry in the interests of food safety:

“I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to Committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horse meat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.

Horses are commonly and even routinely administered a long list of common medications labelled as toxic and not intended for use in food animals because no safe limits or withdrawals periods have been established.

Unlike the cattle industry where food production is its primary purpose, the horse slaughter for meat industry mainly exists to dispose of the industrial by-product from the equine sporting industry where abuse and overuse of drugs is rampant.

By presenting arguments based on food safety, science and legal accountability, renowned international equestrian Victoria McCullough and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo recently effected a nearly unanimous and non-partisan decision in the US Congress to keep American slaughterhouses closed to horses. It is striking that Canada’s parliament just voted to ignore the same science and facts to give priority to industry profits.

I would like to thank all my MP colleagues that supported my bill. My warmest thanks go out to all those who worked so tirelessly to gather signatures on petitions and to the thousands of Canadians who signed those petitions or wrote their MPs in support of Bill C-571. A very special thank you to Sinikka Crosland of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition who together with Humane Society International / Canada have worked so hard to bring about action to clean up the shady and irresponsible practices of this unnecessary industry.


Apparently the Canadian House of Commons could care less about their food safety issues…what a disappointment! We know it wasn’t the perfect solution, but if it had become law, at least the horses without an EID could not be slaughtered in Canada and the US Canadian border would be shut to imports of slaughter bound American horses.
Read about how the vote went in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday on:
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition 
Please be Our Voice!  ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Please be Our Voice! ©2013 afroditi katsikis

There is still a chance for the USA to shut it’s borders to exporting horses for slaughter by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.
Open a POPVOX account to send a message to your US Representative and comment in support of the House Bill HR.1094  and then comment on the Senate Bill S.541 to send a message to your Senator!
Time is of the essence: In a few short months the USDA/FSIS defunding language will no longer be in place and S.541 & HR.1094 expire in early January 2015. To see what else you can do to help pass the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 go HERE


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Proposal would brand horses treated with Bute

3 Dec

I don’t see why this wouldn’t work to save horses from the slaughter plants, that are loved and cared for properly. Even if the kill-buyers buy them to transport to slaughter, how can the slaughter plants ignore the permanent brand and it’s meaning?  The abbattoires in Mexico and Canada would need to be notified as well as the border inspectors to reject horses with this brand.

Proposal would brand horses treated with Bute

By  on December 3, 2013

Texas-based T’bred advocate Donna Keen recently announced an innovative idea to save horses from the slaughter pipeline, long before they’re endangered.

The CEO of Remember Me Rescue is proposing to both industry leaders and influencers alike, that identification be painlessly branded on the left, front shoulder of any horse treated with one of 17 medications routinely given to horses, which are that are banned in meat consumed by humans.

Keen argues that branding, which was an idea put forth by California-based Thoroughbred advocate Deb Jones in a conversation between the two, would prove unequivocally that a horse has been treated with substances, such as phenlybutazone (Bute), a substance that remains in the horseflesh long after it is administered, and is considered dangerous in humans.

Says Keen, “The people in Europe don’t want to eat meat that has been treated with substances like Bute, but in some cases they’ve been lied to and told that their meat is safe, when it isn’t.”

She proposes that racehorse owners place an indelible “freeze” brand on their horse the very moment the animal is treated with a substance that is banned for human consumption, and that the information be stored in a national database that would detail the horse’s name, tattoo number, provide photos of the animal, as well as the name of the attending veterinarian, the date the drug was administered, and the name of the owner at that time.

Donna with a gentle friend

Donna with a California-bred Yeah Me Do, age 30

The branding process would be voluntary, and already at least one racing company has promised to brand all of its horses, she says.

Keen notes that MidWest Thoroughbreds owner Richard Papiese has already indicated his enthusiasm for a branding system.

The idea is being proposed to Thoroughbred industry representatives, and a database developer has been retained to start building a website, Keen says.

“People need to look at it as a badge of honor to keep their horse from being slaughtered,” Keen says. “People will try to get around it. But a brand is going to slow down the number of horses going to slaughter, from crossing the border, or being purchased by meat buyers.”

Noting that there are 17 legal medications commonly given to racehorses that are banned from human food, Keen says a brand given at the time the first drug is administered could save that horse from the slaughterhouse.

“Any horse that has ever received even one dose of Bute is banned for life from being slaughtered for human consumption,” she says. “I personally do not know of a horse that has not ever been treated for a high temperature, a mild colic, or given Bute as an anti-inflammatory. Track veterinarians tell me that most horses at the racetrack have been given Bute.”

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Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

24 Nov Wild Horse and Foal Escape

This article was published in History in the Headlines on June 27, 2013. As technology grows, we will learn more about the history of the planet and the animals that have lived here. 

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By Sarah Pruitt

Paleogenomics–the study of ancient genomes reconstructed from fossil bones–got a huge boost this week when a multinational team of scientists announced they had been able to determine the genetic code of a horse that roamed Canada’s Yukon Territory 7,000 centuries ago. Their work shatters by nearly 10 times the record for the oldest complete genome ever sequenced, and suggests that the new techniques and computing they used may eventually allow genetic mapping for fossils up to 1 million years old. In addition to lending greater insight into the evolution of one of history’s most studied mammals, the discovery suggests exciting possibilities for deciphering the genetic codes of other ancient mammals, including mastodons, mammoths, bison and perhaps even early human ancestors.

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

The 5-inch (12.5-centimeter) hind-toe bone fragment that the team used to decipher the ancient horse’s genetic code was unearthed in the Thistle Creek region of the Yukon’s Klondike gold mines. Because the fossil bone was preserved in permafrost, the horse’s DNA remained very cold and very dry, which slowed the disintegration process that usually begins immediately after death. The scientists’ task was made more difficult, however, by the fact that much of the fossil was contaminated by more current bacteria: For every 200 DNA molecules sequenced, only one was actually from the horse.

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It’s Here! Our 2nd Postcard Campaign for Bill C-322

12 Nov

Canadians: Speak up NOW with a postcard to your MP urging them to support C-322 !!!

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

The CHDC is excited to launch our 2nd postcard campaign to promote Bill C-322!

For this campaign, we highlight Press Exclusive, a Thoroughbred mare who was badly injured while being transported to slaughter and subsequently rescued by Mindy Lovell of Transitions Thoroughbreds in Ontario.

Press Exclusive was rehabilitated by Mindy and is now at the sanctuary of Equine Advocates in upstate New York.  We would like to do a big shout out to Mindy Lovell at Transitions Thoroughbreds and Susan Wagner at Equine Advocates.  Please visit their web sites where you can read about Press Exclusive’s journey from rescue to rehab to safe haven.

The most effective way to show your support to end horse slaughter is to let our Members of Parliament hear your voice.  Each postcard that MPs receive is another voice reminding them – another person urging them to support Bill C-322.

These postcards…

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Protest at Bouvry Exports slaughter plant Oct 27, 2013

24 Oct

Protest at Bouvry Exports slaughter plant.

Horses-kill-pens-BouvryJust a reminder about the upcoming protest at the Bouvry plant.

The Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort group is planning a peaceful protest at the Bouvry Exports horse slaughter plant on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 1 to 4pm.

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Protest at the new B.C. equine slaughterhouse, Westwold, B.C.

11 Oct

Protest at the new B.C. equine slaughterhouse.

Canadian horse advocates in or near Westwold, B.C.: Please try to make it to this demonstration:

“A group of concerned citizens in BC are organizing a demonstration against the reopening of the KML slaughter plant in Westwold, B.C.

A date time and place has been chosen for our demonstration.

plant from road

Saturday October 19th, 2013. @ 11:00 a.m. “  

We should all meet up at this time at the Elementary School parking lot which is past the slaughterhouse by a few kilometers and on your left hand side on a straight stretch in Westwold.  I believe there will be a cross road to park along that is closer to the plant but it is a good idea to talk first and then off we go to support our Canadian Horses!

Please spread the word and post if you can make it so we have an idea of how many are committed to coming. I will now promote the “Protest” page and see how many more people we can get interested in joining us.  Simple signs would be good to bring, so many Canadians have no idea that horses are being slaughtered so simple messages will be very effective. I will make up 10 or so extras to bring along.

Read more  via Protest at the new B.C. equine slaughterhouse.

NEWS ARTICLE FROM OCT 19 PROTEST: 50 protest “inhumane’ horse slaughter 


Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses – ForceChange

24 Sep

Sign Petition: Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses – ForceChange.

Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses


Dreamer and Murphy

Dreamer and Murphy

Target: Meghan Murphy

Goal: Commend a brave girl for saving two young horses from slaughter

Meghan Murphy, a 12 year old girl from Maine, was looking online for a horse to lease when she came across a website called Auction Horses. She decided that instead of using the money she had saved from mowing lawns, babysitting, and doing odd jobs on leasing a horse, she would rescue one from slaughter.

“I clicked on [the link] and I saw there was this little 11-month-old that they were going to kill, and they were stopping feeding him on the day that I had found him,” Meghan said. “I decided that I couldn’t spend my money on me just getting a horse to ride when a horse is going to die if I didn’t help him.” She named the 11 month-old colt Dreamer, short for Dream Catcher.

She ended saving not just one horse, but two. She named the other colt Murphy.

“Dreamer wouldn’t get on the trailer without [Murphy], so I said I’d take both of them,” she said. “I just decided that if I didn’t save him, he was going to die. He was only 4 months old. So it was a pretty easy decision.”

Horse meat can’t currently be sold in the United States, but it can be exported, and is sold for consumption in China, Russia, Mexico and other countries. “Kill buyers,” who buy horses at auction for as little as $20 a head, ship them over the border to be sent to slaughter. Many auction horses end up with this sad fate. There are kill pens over the border in Canada where horses in Maine get shipped, Meghan said, as well as in Mexico. Slaughter houses are also scheduled to open in several U.S. states.

However sad slaughter may be, the problem is the breeders. Meghan recognizes this as well. “Slaughter really exists because of overbreeding, breeders and backyard breeders,” she says. Indiscriminate breeding of mares causes a surplus of horses, many of which are not useful animals due to conformation faults, bad temperaments, and other soundness issues. These horses would ideally live out their lives in a pasture, but sadly, this is rarely the case. Horses are expensive to feed and take care of properly, and sometimes even useful animals end up at an auction going to slaughter.

The difference Meghan made in these two horses lives is commendable. Her selflessness is remarkable, and Dreamer and Murphy will hopefully live a long, healthy life under her care.

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