Actions you can take to help the horses.
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. You can also print off this petition and gather signatures to submit to your MP. Alternatively, you can start an E-Petition – a new way draw attention to an issue of public interest or concern and to request that the House of Commons, the Government of Canada, a Minister of the Crown, or a Member of the House of Commons take some action.
Email, send letters, fax or phone our legislators
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 2011 “Pasture to Plate” report: “…my final conclusion, after reviewing 150-plus horses slaughtered in this series of videos, is that the process was disgusting to me, terrifying for most of the horses and, in many cases, horribly inhumane.”
- 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.