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“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 for Life

Children for horses stop horse slaughter

Horses add value to the lives of more than one million Canadians each year – whether young or old, disabled or able bodied, male or female. Canadians identify with and are proud of our horse-rich history as embodied in the RCMP Musical Ride. - Equine Canada

According to Equine Canada, Canada has over 900,000 horses and their contribution to the Canadian economy amounts to an excess of $15 billion each year, with the care of horses and activities with horses supporting more than 200,000 full-time jobs in Canada.

Despite the horses value to our beings and our Canadian economy, there are still those who say that we have to slaughter horses in Canada. Their arguments are that there are too many unwanted horses and that too many horses will starve to death in fields or not be cared for if we don't slaughter horses. The arguments have never been supported with FACTS, they simply float around in the eternal myth universe (which suits the four horse slaughter houses in Canada just fine).

So what are the solutions to the naysayers who want to continue slaughtering horses? Below are ER's solutions:

Solution #1
Stop the import of horses from the USA into Canada to be slaughtered

According to statistics from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and USDA, for the years 2010 to 2013, 60% to nearly 73% of the horses slaughtered in Canada were from the United States. Considering that Canada slaughters close to 90,000 horses annually, the great majority of those horses are not Canadian horses. For example, in the year 2012, Canada slaughtered 82,175 horses in total: 59,812 of those horses came from the United States. In the prior year, 89,348 horses were slaughtered in Canada and 59,743 came from the USA.

There is no reason that Canada should be slaughtering America's horses. ER supports the USA's initiative to change this with the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act which will prohibit the transport and export of horses to slaughter for human consumption to Canada.

If slaughter is not an option for horses in either Canada or the USA, viable solutions will be implimented. Canada will look to place around 23,000 horses in good homes or rescue organizations across the nation at current annual horse breeding rates. Many of the Canadian horses destined for slaughter are not even provided with a placement option into a new home. Industries such as the racing industry routinely ship their horses from the track to auction to slaughter.

Solution #2
Canada's Horse councils and Federations members: The right to donate dues to a member's charity of choice

Currently, over 100,000+ horse owners in Canada pay membership dues to their provincial horse council or federation. Many also pay additional dues to Equine Canada. These organizations actively support and campaign for horse slaughter and eating the horse's meat although the majority of Canadians oppose horses being killed for human consumption. The organizations have betrayed horses in order to maintain their non-profit privileges such as being tax-exempt and receiving government grants.

Rescues and worthwhile organizations could use my 25% provincial horse council membership donation to keep the horses alive!

Many horse owners don't know that their dues support horse slaughter and eating horse meat. ER has started an online petition which would provide horse owners the choice to donate 25% of their membership dues to a horse rescue or pro-life horse organization of their choice.

The majority of Canadians do not support horses for human consumption. Therefore conservatively, if even 50% of the 100,000+ horse owners who are members of horse councils/Federations donated 25% of their membership dues to horse rescues or pro-life organizations, there would be substantial revenue in the hundreds of thousands of dollars toward rehoming and caring for horses.

Solution #3
Horse Racing Industry Overhaul

The horse racing industry needs a complete overhaul. Horses are no longer viewed as the esteemed athletes: They are bred, run at early ages and disgarded to their early deaths in horse slaughter houses when they can no longer make money for their owners.

Governments pour millions of dollars into the racing industry which creates bigger racing purses. All this does is bring more greed and more breeding. The incentives to breed horses ($1,000 to $1,300 a foal for example)
Young Blood: Fatal Breakdowns of Juvenile Racehorses. "About 3 horses breakdown every day on racetracks across the country. This isn't a random thing, it happens all the time." PETA
should not come from taxpayers pockets. Taxpayers get nothing out of this. If the young horses break down so quickly that monetary incentives have to be made to pump the industry with more horses to replace the young horses sent to slaughter, then it should be the industry's debt, not the Canadian taxpayers.

Canadians also pay for higher racing purses which are ultimately the horse owners and trainers gain. The racing industry claims that it needs government funding to sustain its activities. However, it should not be the taxpayers responsibility to put thousands of dollars into a race horse owner's pocket.

British Columbia, Canada gives over $6 million annually to the BC racing industry while the Province continues to have one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. If even 25% of the $6 million+ went into caring and finding homes for unwanted horses, there would be viable and sustainable jobs generated for British Columbians and not at the expense of a horse's young life.

Provisions by governments must be made to care for horses and not to financially support an industry that has over time lost public appeal due to its ongoing abuse of its equine athletes.

Solution #4
Horse Slaughter Industry should not have Government financial support

The government should not financially support any aspect of the horse slaughter industry.

Small businesses in Canada keep our economy afloat and do not receive the million dollar hand-outs that the horse slaughter industry receives to ensure its sustainability. For example, inspectors/veterinarians at the horse slaughter facilities cost Canadian taxpayers a fortune and yet very few Canadians even eat horse meat. The bulk of the (toxic)
horse meat is exported to our allies with their own food systems and checks in place so there is no need for the Canadian taxpayer to duplicate the (unnecessary) expense. Besides, we already know that it is impossible to test nearly 90,000 horses for toxicity and investigations continue to show that toxic horse meat is exported routinely.

The killing of horses for human consumption is widely opposed in Canada, as it is in the United States and Great Britain, where horses are generally considered to be companions, work and sporting animals only, not livestock. In a Ipsos Reid poll, 64% of Canadians opposed the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The million dollars shelled out to pay for inefficient and unnecessary expenses (that the industry itself should pay for) is simply a waste of taxpayer funds since most Canadians don't want their taxes used to keep an industry afloat that polls show they don't support.

Let's cut out horse slaughter from the Canadian taxpayer account. Why should Canadian taxpayers have to keep the two biggest industries that kill horses, alive?

Solution #5
Horses helping people stay healthy and fit

Horses have traditionally always served humans well and in this century, they can be our best medicine yet!

Obesity in Canada is a growing health concern, which is "expected to surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality … and represents a burden of Can$3.96 (US$4.16/€2.85) billion on the Canadian economy each year."°

Horses make fine companions and good exercise too (and you don't have to ride a horse to exercise - walking a horse through trails is really good for the bod, mind, soul). Government funds need to go to centers where people can work with horses and dieticians to loose weight, get fit, with horses as 'personal trainer' companions and motivators; horses are wonderful natural healers too.

The benefits not only to one's health, but also the financial savings to the medical and health systems in the Country cannot be understated.

Horses and Healing

How Horses Help an Army Veteran Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Ophrah Winfrey Network. Brian Mancini is an Army veteran who battles post-traumatic stress disorder after having served in Baghdad. To help with his emotional recovery, he's turned to equine therapy—a practice that uses specially trained horses to help improve a person's physical and emotional states. Watch what happens when Brian enters the ring with two horses.

Equine Natural Healing (ENH) for autism, veterans, youth at risk, terminally ill
A Horse's inward radar picks up on all your nuances and energies. They feel their way around your persona like a wave coming onto shore. Horses speak and horses listen. Horses are individuals and highly social. Horses are as transparent as air. The horse is the supreme survivor and its sensitivity and intuition is one of its finest senses. Their mere presence and attunement within us (or to us) provide the healing effects and nourish our wellbeing, our souls, our person.

The Equine Natural Healing (ENH)® series of experiencial horses and healing workshops tap into the spirit and character of the horse which heals and nourishes the human being. A Horse's inward radar picks up on all your nuances and energies. They feel their way around your persona like a wave coming onto shore. Horses speak and horses listen. Horses are individuals and highly social. Horses are as transparent as air. The horse is the supreme survivor and its sensitivity and intuition is one of its finest senses. Their mere presence and attunement within us (or to us) provide the healing effects and nourish our wellbeing, our souls, our person.
° Eisenberg, Mark J.; Renée Atallah, Sonia M. Grandi, Sarah B. Windle, and Elliot M. Berry (2011 Sep 20). "Legislative approaches to tackling the obesity epidemic.". CMA Journal 183 (13): 1496–500.
Solution #6
Save The Environment

Noxious drugs are not only present in the meat intended for human consumption but also in the waste water and sludge produced during slaughter. Horse slaughter houses waste in Canada presents an environmental disaster.

The waste water infrastructures due to dumping of blood, entrails, urine, feces, heads and hooves affects humans, nature and wild animals. This runoff has the potential to contaminate down-stream water intakes, including groundwater used for human consumption, and can enter the food chain via sludge distribution on crops.

Horse slaughter presents an incomparable hazard associated with the discharge from horse slaughter facilities. This hazard is uniquely acute for horse slaughter because of the wide range of drugs given to horses that are clearly labeled NOT FOR USE IN HORSES INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

Natural Valley Farms in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, was shut down by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2009 for food safety concerns. NVF went into receivership on September 22, 2008, yet horses continued to be slaughtered at the facility by Velda Group, an international Belgian-based company. Velda was infamous in Illinois for numerous environmental charges and convictions at their Cavel International horse slaughter plant that closed business in September 2007.[8]

"Blood disposal appears to have been equally problematic for NVF as with other horse slaughter plants. Not only do horses have twice the quantity of blood as cows, but the blood is notoriously difficult to treat. The bacterial agents used in standard cattle digesters fail to provide acceptable discharge levels because of antibiotics often found in horse blood. As a result, pollution follows the horse slaughter industry where ever it goes."[9]

Former mayor of Kaufman, Paula Bacon, comments "In Canada they have apparently become even more blatant, dumping huge untreated piles of entrails onto open ground and even using a tanker truck to discharge blood and refuse into a local river."[10]

In any case, the negative environmental impacts and the chronic inability of the facilities to comply with local laws pertaining to waste management and air and water quality far outweigh any benefits.

This quote by Henry Skjerven, an investor and former director of NVF, sums it up: "Natural Valley Farms died the day the decision makers chose to kill horses . . . ."[11]

Environmental issues continue to plague the horse slaughter industry. On December 3, 2010, the Bouvry Exports horse slaughter plant in Fort MacLeod, Alberta closed operations to complete renovations related to sanitation.[12]

reprinted from the International Fund For Horses, When Horse Slaughter Comes To Town

Ending horse slaughter in Canada will not only save innocent horses lives, it will also save our environment for future generations to enjoy.

In Conclusion
Horse slaughter is a waste of taxpayers money, environmental suicide, cruel and barbaric.

Horse slaughter benefits the very few: The four slaughter house owners in Canada; A few notorious kill-buyers that attend auctions to buy horses for slaughter; and a handful of employees in the horse slaughter factories.

There is no real benefit to Canadians to slaughter horses. It is the very few that prosper and use government financial assistance to keep the industry going. The claims that horse slaughter brings $millions to the economy fails to mention the $millions of taxpayers money included in those figures to prop the industry up.

Canadians have been so indoctrinated with the concept that horses must be killed by slaughter by the horse slaughter industry and those very few who pocket the profits. Even Canada's provincial horse councils and federations have sold out on the horses in order to keep their tax-exempt status and receive government grants used to campaign for horse slaughter and eating horse meat.

The FACTS however speak for themselves: Horses in Canada provide an annual economic contribution in excess of $15 billion each year to the Canadian economy. Keeping horses alive makes economic sense.

If even a fraction of taxpayer revenue used to kill horses was used to keep them alive, there would be no need to slaughter horses. An Ipsos-Reid Poll showed that the majority of Canadians do not support horses being slaughtered for human consumption.

When will the Canadian government finally listen to what Canadians want?

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