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It's unlikely that the 100,000 plus horse people in Canada who are members of the provincial horse councils and federations across Canada even know that they are being lumped into the Pro-Horse slaughter and Pro-eating horsemeat camp by their provincial horse councils and federations.
January 2014. Since ER started their campaign, the Fédération équestre du Québec and the Manitoba Horse Council are no longer alliance partners with the pro-horse slaughter and pro-eating horse meat hwacHorse Welfare Alliance Of Canada (HWAC) corporation. Equine Canada is not an alliance partner with the pro-horse slaughter and pro-eating horse meat HWAC either.

Read more about the HWAC corporation here.
Thanks to all the good horse people and public who helped us.

» Alberta Equestrian Federation
» Equine Canada
» Fédération équestre du Québec
» Horse Council BC
» Island Horse Council Board
» Manitoba Horse Council
» New Brunswick Equestrian Association
» Newfoundland Equestrian Federation
» Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation
» Ontario Equestrian Federation
» Saskatchewan Horse Federation
» Intercity Insurance Services Inc.
» Capri Insurance

answer to question #1
Horse slaughter and the Horse Councils and Federations of Canada

It may shock you to know that the very Canadian provincial Horse Councils and Federations listed above support and campaign for horse slaughter and eating horse meat. If you are a member of your provincial horse council or federation you probably didn't even know that or that your membership dues contribute to pro-horse slaughter and pro-horse meat eating campaigning.

Ofcourse, the above organizations do not refer to horse slaughter as horses being tortured to death, they prefer to call it “humane slaughter” and “processing”.

You might ask, why would the provincial councils all over Canada support horse slaughter and eating horses? After all, arent they supposed to be For The Horse? The organizations have betrayed horses by supporting the cruel act of slaughter and they promote eating horse meat in order to maintain their non-profit society privileges such as being tax-exempt and receiving government grants (non-profit organizations in Canada that lobby to change government policy are generally denied charitable status). In other words, the organizations sold out on Canada's horses for a $buck$ instead of taking a stand to protect the horses and ensure their continued wellbeing. Ironically, the provincial horse council organizations all over Canada depend on the very animal that they now crucify and torture to death in slaughter houses for their own survival.

We invite you to judge for yourself whether horses are being humanely slaughtered with actual video footage below from Canada's wellknown horse slaughter houses (many celebrities, veterinarians and horse people certainly don't think so as a matter of fact, the majority of Canadians oppose slaughtering horses for human consumption¹ so why are the provincial horse councils and federations using your membership dues to promote the opposite?).

Bouvry Exports
Fort Macleod, Alberta.

North Americas largest exporter of horse meat.
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Viande Richelieu Inc.
Massueville, Quebec.

The investigative report was released Tuesday, March 13, 2012
by the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition (CDHC).

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Paul McCartney

answer to question #2
Horse Councils and Federations are proponents of eating horse meat

As gross as it sounds, it may also shock you to know that the provincial horse Councils and Federations listed above have banded together into a corporation called the "Horse Welfare Alliance Of Canada (HWAC)" and the Chairman of that Alliance, Bill DesBarres, actually gives interviews to the media about the merits of eating horse meat. Here is one them from March 1, 2013 with CBC Canada:

CBC Canada: How often do you eat horse Bill?
Bill DesBarres: Whenever I am in an area where I can find it. I suppose maybe half a dozen, eight times a year.

CBC Canada: What does it taste like?
Bill DesBarres: Maybe a little like well-processed, you know, moose meat that is, eh, has been rendered insensible ... and you know what? It tastes good.

Excerpt from interview, March 1, 2013. CBC, All Points West

One wonders what a Chairman (representing thousands of horse people who are members of the provincial horse councils and federations all over Canada) is doing giving media interviews about the merits of eating horse meat? That's a horse alliance for the welfare of horses???!

One would think that the horse councils and federations' spokesperson would probably be talking to the media about the terrible abuses and suffering that horses endure in the slaughter process and how horse meat is full of dangerous medications and toxic substances banned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for human consumption. Whose payroll are they on anyway? The answer, Your membership dues.

In ER's view, the provincial Horse Councils and Federations have joined league with the Slaughter horse industry without making the partnership known and transparent to its members.

Here is what the HWAC writes in response to letters of public concern about the work being done:

I hope we have responded appropriately to your concerns and have done so on behalf of our partners and constituents which number in access of 100,000 horse owners in Canada.

- the HWAC Team

It's unlikely that the 100,000 plus horse people who are members of the provincial horse councils and federations across Canada even know that they are being lumped into the Pro-Horse slaughter and Pro-eating horsemeat camp. After all, at no point when joining a Canadian provincial horse council or federation (or renewing a membership) are horse people informed that their membership dues will go to support torturing horses to death (or as the horse Councils and Federations like to say 'humane slaughter' or 'processing') and promoting eating horse meat.

But there is more ... Canadian taxpayers are also being blindsighted by inadvertedly and unknowingly supporting the horrific practice of slaughtering horses in Canada through government-funded programs in support of horse councils and federations activities although two-thirds of Canadians do not want this cruel export industry to continue.

ER believes 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.
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.

» Sign online petition to have 25% of your membership dues donated to a horse rescue or pro-life equine organization of your choice.

» Send an email of protest to your provincial premier contact info

» Send an email of protest to the horse Council/Federation that you belong to:

» Alberta Equestrian Federation contact info
Rescues and worthwhile organizations could use my 25% membership donation to keep the horses alive!
» Equine Canada contact info
» Fédération équestre du Québec infocheval@feq.qc.ca
» Horse Council BC contact info
» Prince Edward Island Horse Council Board contact
» Manitoba Horse Council contact info
» New Brunswick Equestrian Association contact info
» Newfoundland Equestrian Federation contact info
» Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation contact info
» Ontario Equestrian Federation contact info
» Saskatchewan Horse Federation contact info

» Have 25 friends, family, horse people, relatives sign a petition for Bill C-322 introduced by MP Alex Atamanenko to end horse slaughter in Canada (online petitions are not accepted in Parliament). Download petition

» Join ER, together we can make a difference!

¹Ipsos-Reid poll, two-thirds (64%) of adult Canadians do not believe in the slaughter of Canadian horses for human consumption: (77% Atlantic, 73% Ontario, 69% British Columbia, 62% Alberta, 56% Manitoba/Saskatchewan). Three percent have no opinion on this issue.

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