Canada slaughter houses video footage
The Truth about Horse Slaughter in Canada
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 videos for HSI (Humane Society International). The videos
are included below.
Canada currently has four slaughter houses that kill almost 90,000 horses every year. Since the USA outlawed
horse slaughter, Canada welcomes excess horses to slaughter on our continent: Of the nearly 90,000 horses that are inhumanely
and cruelly slaughtered every year, approximately 60% are horses that the United States transports to Canada
for the cruel and barbaric deed. Why should the Americans slaughter their horses when the Canadians are more than happy to?
The footage below is graphic and tragic. When you have seen enough, make a conviction to join ER and
and become pro-active.
The video footage of the horse slaughter practices in the Canadian slaughter houses below
(published by the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, CBC and other sources) demonstrates
of the horse slaughtering practices against tens of thousands more horses still occuring as you are watching these.
No Country for Horses, CBC's in-depth feature about the horse slaughter industry in Canada, originally aired on June 10, 2008.
With slaughterhouses closed in the U.S. and lucrative markets for horsemeat in France and Japan,
the horse slaughter industry in Canada is booming. It's a controversial business to begin with,
and after a lengthy investigation, CBC News has uncovered disturbing information about the way
horses are transported, and the way they are slaughtered at one plant.
Now, some are asking whether this sector is being properly monitored, and how the slaughter of horses can ever be called humane.
Day 1, HORSE 33, Horse shot 11 times before losing consciousness.
March 13, 2012
Day 2, HORSE 54, WHINNIES EACH TIME AFTER 2 HITS. March 13, 2012
Day 1 HORSE 58 Horse thrown backwards from captive bolt pistol impact.
Footage captured on July 13 & 14, 2011 at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation in St. Andre-Avellin, Quebec.
Published on June 4, 2012
In late February 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) received hidden camera footage of
horse slaughter practices at Quebecs Viandes Richelieu and Albertas Bouvry Exports - the latter known as North Americas largest exporter of horsemeat.
Horse slaughter at Bouvry Export, Alberta - Part III .
Please click this link
to see more horse slaughter videos made in Canada and published
by the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) on YouTube.com
Are these horses relaxed, calm,
under no duress, handled with care? Humanely?
After all, that's what the Canadian slaughter and horse industry wants
you to think.
You be the Judge.
CBC NEWS INVESTIGATION
Would you want this for your horse?
Statement of veterinarian Dr. Peggy Larson, DVM:
I was in a large animal practice for eight years and occasionally had to euthanize horses. I tried to make the process as peaceful as possible, often putting the horse under surgical anesthesia before euthanasia. The usual method of euthanasia was a high concentration of barbiturates.
With veterinary induced euthanasia the horse is treated gently, and a needle is slipped carefully into its vein. If the horse is too wild or reacting too violently from a painful injury or medical condition, he is given the anesthetic drug in the muscle. Either way, there is no rush to finish killing the animal. The drug is allowed to put the horse in an anesthetized state so that an IV needle can be inserted in its vein. The euthanasia material is then administered until the horse dies.
In a slaughter plant, processing speed is more important than keeping the horse calm or treating the horse gently. The animals are stressed from the time they are unloaded. Horses are easily frightened, and in a loud slaughter plant where they are rapidly herded into runs leading to the stunning area they are very scared. Sometimes the holding pens are dirty and not protected from the weather. Sometimes the horses are injured, sick or old. They should be handled gently, with special care and sensitivity.
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. Friedlander further states that, "These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck,
they are fully aware they are being vivisected."
The Canadian horse racing industry is no different than the Australian industry portrayed
in the above video. The Canadian government offers all sorts of tax incentives and/or payments to breeders.
That is where Canadian taxpayers hard earned income is placed: In the hands of a merciless horse racing industry
that destroys its athletes in the name of 'sport'.