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April 25, 2010
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and its member society the British Columbia SPCA presented federal authorities on April 23rd, 2010 with a report outlining serious concerns regarding horse slaughter in Canada. The Report on Horse Slaughter Practices in Canada [pdf file: 0.21mb] is based on a review of recent video footage depicting inhumane practices at two of Canada’s largest horse slaughter plants, one in Alberta and one in Quebec.
Approximately 100,000 horses are slaughtered in Canada each year to produce meat for human consumption, most of which is exported to European countries. This figure has doubled since operations at US horse slaughter plants were suspended in recent years. Horses that would have been slaughtered in the US are now being shipped to Canada or Mexico.
The CFHS and the BC SPCA have asked the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for a prompt response indicating how our concerns will be addressed to ensure horses do not suffer during commercial slaughter in Canada.
Please write a letter or email to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, asking him to ensure that the CFIA makes substantial improvements to its monitoring of the slaughter of all animals at federally registered processing plants in Canada.
Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
No postage is required to send letters to the Federal Government.
Please also send copies to your own MP and to the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food:
Mr. Larry Miller and Committee Members
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agrifood
Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6