Actions you can take to help the horses.

Three different bills have been introduced in Canada’s Parliament to end horse slaughter and the live exports of horses for slaughter.

In June 2010 MP Alex Atamanenko (NDP Agriculture Critic) tabled Bill C-544, an Act that would effectively have ended the transport of horses and horse meat for human consumption. The bill did not proceed due to a federal election being called.

Then, in October 2011, MP Atamanenko re-introduced the bill as Bill C-322.  The language in Bill C-322 was reworked with Bill C-322 being withdrawn and replaced by Bill C-571.  This link explains this change.

Bill C-571 made it through to a first vote in Parliament and was well supported by both the Liberal and NDP Members of Parliament.  Sadly, with the exception of two MPs, the Conservative party, who had a majority at the time, voted against the bill and it did not go forward.

As of November 2015, Canada has a new Liberal majority government.  This change will ensure that the CHDC will once again work on having another Bill readied in the near future.

Until then, it is crucial to keep letting our legislators know how Canadian citizens feel about the continuing slaughter and live exports of horses for slaughter for human consumption.

The CHDC also asks Canadians to contact Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the federal agencies responsible for the business of horse slaughter in Canada. Speak out for the horses. Tell them why it is wrong and demand that horse slaughter end!

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Web Site

These agencies are directed by:

Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
70 Colombine Driveway,
Tunney’s Pasture
Postal Location: 0906C
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9
Tel:  613.957.0200
Fax: 613.952.1154

Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0C5
Email: or
Tel:  613.995.9325
Fax: 613.995.2754

Dr. Bruce Archibald, President, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd., Tower 1, Floor 6,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Tel:  613.773.6000
Fax: 613.773.6060

Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, CFIA
Tel: 613.773.7472
Fax 613.228.6637

Dr. Martine Dubuc, Chief Food Safety Officer, CFIA
Tel:  613.773.5722
Fax: 613.773.5797

Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
Tel: 613.947.6732

Send a letter to your Member of Parliament! Quick and easy, courtesy of Humane Society International. 

Or contact your Member of Parliament via this link. Click on his or her name to find their contact information.

Email, send letters, fax or phone our legislators and ask them to support an end to horse slaughter. Remember to personalize your message and include your name and contact information. Key points can include:

    • Horses have not traditionally been raised for human consumption in Canada. In our country, horses are considered sport and companion animals. Many Canadians believe that this industry must be abolished on humane grounds. 64% of Canadians do not support it.
    • There are 5 federally licensed horse slaughter plants that are currently up and running in Canada.
    • Horses are shipped in crowded trailers over long distances, and often arrive injured, sometimes fatally.
    • The CHDC has documented evidence of horse neglect and abuse, as well as severe suffering as a result of poor slaughter practices (look under the Investigations tab above).
    • Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, said of our June ’08 report:

“horses experienced sheer terror”, “some horses were not properly stunned”, “if people knew what was going on they would be up in arms” and “this practice should be banned”

    • The Federal Health of Animals Act is not enforced, which would protect sick, pregnant and unfit horses, and prohibit overcrowding.
    • The Recommended Code of Practice for Care and Handling of Farm Animals: Transportation of Horses is not enforced.
    • The CFIA does not enforce their own weak rules that slaughter bound horses must not be transported for longer than 36 hours straight and must be provided with feed, water and rest at required intervals. Double decker trailers are still allowed.
    • The horse slaughter process itself is not humane euthanasia.

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