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“I believe there is one catch phrase which is contributing greatly to the confusion surrounding horse slaughter. That phrase is 'unwanted horses.' They wanted them when they bought them, didn't they?”     John Hettinger

John Hettinger was a successful horseman and industry leader, anti-horse slaughter activist, and the co-founder of Blue Horse Charities. Mr. Hettinger passed away in 2008.

The Canadian horse slaughter industry has propelled Canadians into thinking that slaughtering horses by torturing and beating them to death behind closed doors is a necessary evil: The industry has even recruited so-called horse people to call the method that the horses are put to their death with as "humane". The tragedy is that the provincial horse councils and federations are one of the biggest campaigners and perpetuators of this propaganda claiming that horses are being slaughtered humanely. The Councils and Federations have thousands of members who are horse owners in Canada although many of their members (the horse owners) have no idea that their membership fees are contributing to the brutality that horses sent to slaughter must endure. Carefully phrased words used by pro-horse slaughter organizations such as 'humanely' instead of cruel, barbaric and 'processing' instead of slaughtering help to guise the horror ahead for horses that are sent to be slaughtered. (see also Councils, Federations and Trumpeters Of Slaughter).

Furthermore, people are misled and conditioned into thinking that we cannot care for 'unwanted' horses and that slaughtering is a quick and easy fix. Truthfully, slaughtering horses is big profit for the four slaughter houses in Canada and a handful of "kill-buyers" (who seek out horses to truck to slaughter at places like auctions, online ads, race tracks, etc) across the nation. The fact is: More people could be employed caring for horses than killing them.

The billions of dollars that the Canadian horse slaughter figures portray as profits rarely include the taxpayers contributions while the horse was alive. For example, in British Columbia, the provincial government pumps over six million dollars every year into the horse racing industry which in turn supplies most of the horses for the slaughter industry. At the same time, British Columbia has one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada.

Horse breeders are routinely given incentives to breed more horses. For example, Harness BC (Standardbred/pacer racing) at the time of this writing offers a foal incentive program available to breeders of $1,500 for producing a foal. The program does not provide any incentives for the aftercare of the horse when it can no longer produce income at the racetrack for its owner.

It is, simply stated, unjustifiable and wrong to torture a horse to its death. Further, the only humane end of life for a horse that must be put down which is accepted by the veterinary profession and the public is a veterinarian-assisted humane euthanasia. Horse slaughter plants in Canada do not end a horse's life humanely and for that reason ER advocates and supports the end of horse slaughtering in Canada.

The ER recognizes that horse meat is toxic and hazardous for human consumption due to the multitude of pharmaceuticals found in horse meat including de-wormers, hormones and Phenylbutazone ("Bute"), cobra and cone snail venom, blood doping agents, and Demorphin (“frog juice”) all of which are not safe for human consumption.

ER supports and adheres to the VETS FOR EQUINE WELFARE, created by a group of veterinarians from all disciplines.

Clydesdale foals playing
Equine Pro-Lifers, "To Serve & Protect"

WE, as Canadian horse owners and other supportive individuals, treasure the horse as a strong, intelligent animal that throughout history has helped us in so many ways:

Horses have been our allies in fighting wars, supplied us with food by plowing our land and harvesting our crops, by building our homes with clearing our land, and by providing the only means of transportation from community to community throughout Canada for so many years in our history.
The Horse has served us with loyalty, dedication and friendship.

The horse helped us to build this wonderful Nation.

ER considers the Horse a national treasure to be protected and forever revered.

Equine Right To Life (ER) members and our friends are united as horse pro-lifers for Life and make oath "To Serve and Protect the horse as long as we shall live".

»Canada Horse Slaughter Video Footage
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»Slaughter Industry
»Racing Industry
»Breeding Industry
»Comparison: Horses Today and Historically
»Toxic Horse Meat
»Your Health
»Sugar-coated Myths
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»Trumpeters Of Slaughter
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