The October 2017 Issue of the Canadian Veterinary Journal features an article written by Maureen Harper, DVM, MSc (Epidemiology), discussing the transport of slaughter-bound horses.
Dr. Harper approaches the problematic issues with the CFIA governance over the horse slaughter industry in Canada from an analytical point of view – citing examples of substandard treatment of horses, inhumane slaughter and transport, and the many procedural violations of Canada’s antiquated 40+ year-old Health of Animals Regulations.
“Canada is a major international supplier of horse meat in the world. In 2016, over 54 000 horses were slaughtered in this country. It is estimated that 65% to 70% of the horses slaughtered in Canada originate from the United States. This is because horse slaughter ceased in the United States in 2007. Also, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 5839 live horses were shipped to Japan for slaughter in 2016.
Horse slaughter in Canada has become a contentious issue in recent years. There have been numerous undercover recordings showing the improper stunning of horses.”
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