“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Equine Right To Life (ER) members and our friends are
united as horse pro-lifers
opposed to the inhumane method used to kill horses in slaughter houses
Sir Paul McCartney
Jane Goodall, PhD.
The late Merv Griffin
Mary Tyler Moore
Mrs. Gene Autry
Keely & Pierce Brosnan
Jarrod Cooper, retired NFL player
Catherine Crier, Court TV
Tony and Jill Curtis
Lacy J. Dalton
Ron Delsener - Ron Delsener Presents
Folkuke - Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie
Jack Hanna, - Director Emeritus,
Laura Hillenbrand - author of Seabiscuit
Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling
Mrs. Roger (Mary) Miller
Jesse & Joy McReynolds of Jim & Jesse
Connie Nelson - Outlaw Management
The late Richard and Jennifer Lee Pryor
Chris Shivers - two-time PBR World Champion
Billy Bob Thornton
Mike White – 1999 PRCA World Champion
Alice Berkman Williams
Horses have served Canadians since the earliest times of human civilization.
Now it's our turn to help them.
Equine Rights To Quality
Lives movement of horse owners and friends
The Equine Right To A Quality Life movement (ER) Canada advocates equine rights for quality lives.
ER was founded to provide the truth to the Canadian public about the tragic, sad and short lives that many horses
live due to the betrayal of Canadian provincial equine organizations/federations and profiteer industries
that use horses as objects for profit. ER's commitment to expose the false myths,
betrayals to horses and
and horse owners and the inhumane actions of some horse industries such as the slaughter and racing industry, is relentless.
For example, slaughtering horses is an Unnecessary Evil perpetuated by profiteers of the business.
Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia. The horse slaughter industry is not a big employer.
Canadian horses will not starve to death or be abandoned if we don't slaughter them. The horse slaughter industry costs
Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars to keep the industry alive which could be better spent on keeping horses
alive. The horse slaughter industry poses an environmental nightmare.
If you truly do love horses and admire their
service to humans since the beginning of our
Join us, celebrities, horse veterinarians and friends to work for equine rights and
quality lives for all horses. Read more about ER in our
> Horses sent to auction end up in good homes
The sad truth is that the Canadian slaughter industry's killer-buyers have the financial
means to outbid ordinary folks
who want to provide a good home for a horse at the auctions. Most horses are sent to auctions by people who do not know
that killer-buyers for slaughter houses outbid well-intending folks.
The Killer-buyers for the Canadian horse slaughter industries objective is to get as many healthy horses as possible to send to slaughter.
Some horse industries simply can't be bothered looking for placements for their horses when they can't perform as top athletes any longer and
send the otherwise healthy horses directly to auctions instead knowing that they will extract more easy money on the horses from the
killer-buyers waiting there.
> Horse meat is healthy
Horses are not raised or regulated as livestock. Therefore, horse meat
contains many toxic and banned substances from medications and treatments that the horses have had during their lives. Even a simple application
of horse wormer contains ingredients dangerous to human health and banned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for human consumption.
> Horse slaughter
is a 'necessary evil' for unwanted horses
The 'unwanted' horses is also a slaughter industry phrase to make people think that the industry is providing a
service for horse people and horses instead of the real reason which is making huge profits serving our horses meat to European and Asian markets
for their consumption.
The truth is that horse breeding societies all across Canada are paying foal breeding incentives of $1,000+ in an effort to
increase the diminishing Canadian horse numbers and Canadian taxpayers are unknowingly supporting the breeding industries (and thereby
horse slaughter) via various government funding schemes.
Without a constant supply of Canadian horses, the slaughter industry cannot survive. Phrases like 'humane slaughter', 'necessary evil', are commonly used
by the slaughter industry to satisfy the industry's need for a constant supply of our horses to slaughter.
Currently, Canada's slaughter industry kills and butchers nearly 80,000 healthy horses
every year (since the industry can't fulfill any profitable quotas with only Canadian horses, it imports
approximately 70% from the USA also).
It takes a lot of healthy horses lives and millions of dollars of Canadian taxpayers money to keep the Canadian horse slaughter industry alive.
Only old or sick horses are slaughtered
The slaughter industry provides horse meat for human consumption.
Old and sick horses are not wanted into the food supply.
> Horse slaughter is humane
It is wellknown that horse slaughter is cruel, barbaric and unethical: Horses are tortured to death and butchered alive.
The term 'humane slaughter' is another slaughter-industry phrase used by people/organizations who profit or benefit in some way
from the slaughtering of horses.
“As a veterinarian I realize the inevitability of euthanasia in certain cases, but to equate the slaughter
process with humane euthanasia is the height of hypocrisy.”
Dr. John K. Griggs, DVM
> Horse Councils in Canada are against slaughtering horses
and eating horse meat
Nothing could be further from the truth. Provincial horse councils and federations all over Canada sold out on horses and joined the horse slaughter
industry so that they could
keep their tax-exempt status instead of standing up for the wellbeing and welfare of Canada's long-serving horses.
To make matters worse, the provincial councils and federations have joined in partnerships to promote horse slaughter and eating horse meat. They
carefully hide that fact from their horse owner members (wonder why?), yet they use their members numbers (100,000+ horse owners) in their
pro horse slaughter campaigns and eating horse meat promotions.
The truth is that many horse owners have no idea that their horse councils have joined league with the horse
slaughter industry and use their membership dues in that effort.
“If we did this to a cat, or a dog or a human instead of a horse, we would be regarded as mad insane criminals.”
Equine Right To Life (ER)
From transport to slaughter
Horses slaughtered are mostly healthy horses. Old and sick horses
are not wanted into the food supply.
Dr. Friedlander further states that, "These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck,
they are fully aware they are being vivisected."
Despite the horse's loyal and endless service to humankind, our communities and our civilization, horses lives are ended
in unimaginable torture in Canada's four slaughter houses.
Horses are routinely hit and beaten with prods to force them into a steel chute where an employee stands with a captive bolt pistol
(the captive bolt was designed for cattle not horses) aimed
directly at the horse's face. As the shooter tries to aim the pistol at
the horse's moving forehead (horses are highly intelligent and move their heads instinctively away), the shooter often misses,
thereby causing injury to other parts of the face, retries multiple times, and while still alive,
the horse is then moved out of the 'stun box' and a chain is placed around its back leg
and the injured horse is hung breathing and alive upsidedown by its one leg.
“A significant and unacceptable number of mis-shots, were observed throwing horses violently to the ground,
into the sides of the stun box, and some onto their backs. Only a few of these mis-shot horses were afforded a second shot.
The shooter also whipped an older and obviously lame horse (#93) 19 times.
Dr. Debi Zimmermann B.Sc (Zoology), D.V.M.
Review of Horse Slaughter Video Footage from Bouvry Exports and Viande Richelieu slaughter houses in Canada
For the few horses who are stunned
by the shooter, the horses will regain consciousness
approximately thirty seconds later while suspended in the air breathing and alive.
“These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck,
they are fully aware they are being vivisected.” Dr. Lester Friedlander, D.V.M. (Veterinarian)
“The captive bolt pistol is not satisfactory for horses since
firm pressure on the forehead is essential for its effective use and this tends to be resisted by the horse.” Australian Veterinary Association
Either way, the battered and injured horse is still fully conscious at the start of the slaughter process and hanging helplessly, then has its throat
slit (bled out) to
watch and feel its own body being vivisected
(skinned and dismembered) and while still alive and watching its body being butchered, the horse in prolonged and excruciating pain, eventually dies.
“This atrocity goes against all veterinary guidelines for humane euthanasia.”
Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, D.V.M.
Tufts University School Of Veterinary Medicine professor
If we did this to a cat, or a dog or a human instead of a horse, we would be regarded as mad insane criminals.
For those who want 'to see the ineffective stunning practices on the horses for themselves'
we hope that you will agree that the Canadian horse slaughter plants
video footage below is graphic and tragic.
Canada horse slaughter video footage
Fort Macleod, Alberta.
North Americas largest exporter of horse meat.
Statement of veterinarian Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, D.V.M.:
“Noise, blood and suffering is what you get at the Bouvry equine slaughter plant: Horses kicking after they have been shot, sinking down
and rising up; sometimes periods of struggling or paddling before a second or third shot has to be administered. This atrocity goes
against all veterinary guidelines for humane euthanasia. Terror and suffering is the rule at this equine house of horrors ... and all in the name of the gourmet meat market.”
Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, D.V.M., one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, a founding member of Veterinarians for Equine Welfare,
and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine professor, after reviewing the [Bouvry equine slaughter plant videos] for HSI (Humane Society International).
Canada horse slaughter video footage
Viande Richelieu Inc. Massueville, Quebec. The investigative report was released Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition (CDHC).
Statement of veterinarian Dr. Peggy Larson, DVM:
Slaughter plants do not consider the condition of the horse. The horse is just meat on the hoof to be killed, processed,
and sold as fast as the process will allow. I would never send one of my horses to a slaughterhouse,
and I would never suggest that a client do so.
Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM states
that the captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not effective.
Horses and other equines, in particular, are very sensitive about anything
coming towards their heads and cannot be restrained as required for effective stunning.
Dr. Anna O'Brien, DVM
Do I like the thought of my favorite equine patients being shipping off to slaughter? Of course not.
Worse yet, could I ever envision my beloved old pony Wimpy being sent off in the same manner? Hell no!
Dr. Debi Zimmermann, DVM
In addition to this psychological pain, these horses also suffered physically in numerous ways.
These included slips and falls, fractures, numerous mis-shots with some horses requiring a second or
even third bullet; some horses regaining consciousness before or while being suspended by one leg, and/or when
their throats were being slashed: excessive traumatization during assembly; excessive whippings of
their bodies and across their faces (Richelieu), and excessive use of electric prods (Richelieu).
As a result of current slaughterhouse industry practises, horses must endure unacceptable levels of suffering, both emotionally and physically.
As this is an issue of cruelty, it deserves immediate attention, along with a moratorium on all similar facilities in the interim.
From Dr. Zimmermann's Review of Horse Slaughter Video Footage from Bouvry Exports and Viande Richelieu horse slaughter houses located in Canada
* To show that the barbaric slaughtering of horses is not exclusively limited to the two slaughter plants above, we have posted
other videos on a seperate
We hope that you will agree with the experts that the method used to, in effect, psychologically and physically torture horses until they die
behind the closed doors of Canada's horse slaughter factories is cruel, barbaric and horrific.
ER supports and adheres to the VETS FOR EQUINE WELFARE,
created by a group of veterinarians from all disciplines.
We believe that if a horse does not meet its death
humanely (and the only humane method currently available is veterinarian-assisted euthanasia) then this barbaric, cruel, merciless torturing
of horses in our nation's slaughter houses behind
closed doors to their eventual death, must end.
Torture, simply stated, is unjustifiable, criminal, and wrong.
Do you want it stopped? Join ER, other horse owners of Canada and friends and
celebrities who support our view, today.