That CANADA is the only country in the world that SHIPS LIVE HORSES BY AIR to other countries to be slaughtered for HUMAN CONSUMPTION?
That Canada is the WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST EXPORTER of horse meat?
Most Canadians have no idea. The industry depends on remaining hidden, and the Canadian Government helps to hide it!
Horse slaughter is NOT HUMANE EUTHANASIA. See videos from Canadian slaughter plants, and listen to a former kill buyer describe the trade of buying and selling horses for slaughter.
Pro-slaughter industries go to great lengths to mislead the public with false stories of abandonment and starvation. Find out who really benefits from slaughter. It’s not the horses!
Awareness is the first step. Please share this campaign! The next step is making your voice heard.
Canadian icon, Jann Arden, has taken up the cause! Thanks to huge awareness created by her https://horseshit.ca/ campaign, the Liberal party made an election promise to ban the live export of horses to slaughter.
Please keep the pressure on by clicking the button below to send a pre-written letter to your MP. It only takes a few seconds!
I’m writing to voice my strong opposition to the slaughter of horses in Canada for human consumption.
The breeding and export of live horses, solely to be flown across the world to supply the elite in Asia with raw horse meat, is especially appalling.
The stress of air transport for these horses is extremely inhumane, not to mention the vast resources used and CO2 emissions.
Horses are not raised as food animals and have no traceability. The EID document is open to fraudulent and dishonest activity. Drugs in horse meat are a risk to human health, as well as Canada’s reputation as a food producer.
In 2014, the Liberal Party voted unanimously to support Bill C-571, a bill that would have required horses to be regulated like all other food animals. Yet now, federally approved slaughter plants are operating in Canada without any traceability.
It’s impossible to slaughter horses humanely, and horse slaughter enables indiscriminate breeding, irresponsibility and unnecessary suffering.
Horse slaughter causes serious welfare concerns and is NOT a solution for neglect or starvation.
Horses built this country. Millions of horses lost their lives in war. The least they deserve is humane treatment and our respect.
A 2019 poll showed almost 70% of Canadians do not support horse slaughter.
Why is the government protecting a foreign-owned company over its own Citizens?
Why has the Liberal Government done an about-face on their promise to support stronger legislation for horse slaughter?
Please listen to the wishes of the Canadian people and support an immediate ban on the slaughter of horses in Canada, and STOP their export to other countries for slaughter.
The Majority of Canadian Citizens
Where would we be without them? Horses worked dawn to dusk, ploughing fields, building railways, pulling buggies, bringing the crops in. They went to war overseas and never came back.
Horses built this country and were valued.
Most equine businesses today view horses as disposable. Horse slaughter promotes irresponsibility, and breeding is out of control.
Old ranch horses, who’ve worked hard their whole lives, are dumped for meat at auctions.
Used up rodeo horses, and the thousands bred that don’t make the cut, go straight to a slaughter plant.
Full term pregnant mares are auctioned off for meat in “herd dispersal“ sales.
Most race horses are finished their careers by 3 years old. The majority end up slaughtered.
Children’s summer camp horses are dumped in the fall. There will be more to replace them in spring.
Feral horses on reserves are rounded up for slaughter. No other effort is made to control the population.
Most horse owners sell a horse within a year. Horses are passed on over and over.
New horses in fancy colours are lined up and waiting. Woe to the thousands of foals born a plain brown or bay.
Breeders openly admit they ”have to breed 100 to get one good one.”
Horses have lost all value. People can’t give a horse away and NO HORSE IS SAFE.
The predatory slaughter industry “has come to the rescue” to mop them up.
It’s a big joke at auctions to drive prices up against horse rescues. Kill buyers are loyal customers, and “do-gooders” take away their business.
The mutually beneficial relationship between slaughter and the horse industry has become known as, “a necessary evil.”
Most equine groups won’t speak out against slaughter or support anti-slaughter legislation. A ban on slaughter would force them to be responsible for the horses they profit from.
Yet ask them and they’ll claim their concern is horse welfare.
Pro-slaughter industries go to great lengths to mislead the public with stories of horse abandonment and starvation.
Their most common argument is the false claim that the closure of U.S. horse slaughter plants caused an increase in neglect and that horses were turned loose to starve.
The truth is that auctions were open to take unwanted horses as always.
The closure of plants coincided with a drought and a recession, and there was a TEMPORARY rise in neglect cases.
In states where horse slaughter is banned, neglect and starvation cases have dropped.
Horse slaughter IS NOT a necessary evil, but rather THE CAUSE of the evil that makes it ‘necessary.’
The population of horses in North America has exploded BECAUSE OF the slaughter industry. The market is glutted with more horses than there are homes.
Without the safety valve of slaughter, unchecked breeding will shut down overnight and the horse population will immediately begin to decline.
Owners who can well afford to euthanize will no longer be able to dump old or injured horses at an auction.
Rescues will no longer deplete resources competing against kill buyers.
Slaughter legislation would include a ban on export, so horses won’t be sent to Mexico.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Only when slaughter is banned, will solutions come forward.
Incentives to help horses are currently impossible to implement, when the slaughter industry holds all the cards.
Horses might need our help until the numbers go down. But what’s the alternative?
This campaign was started with the hope that once the truth is exposed, enough people will care and take the first step towards creating a kinder future for horses. A huge public outcry is needed to bring awareness and change.
Please share this campaign, and be sure to click the button below to send a letter to the Canadian government.
The horses can’t speak for themselves and they’re counting on YOU.
After all that horses have done for us, don’t we at least owe them humane treatment?
Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to its source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory,
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.
- Author Unknown