Bouvry’s horse slaughter plant closed for sanitation reasons

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) has learned that Bouvry Exports horse slaughter plant in Fort MacLeod, Alberta closed operations on December 3rd to complete renovations related to sanitation.

This news is not surpising. It is well documented that horse slaughter operations in Canada and the U.S. have a long history of pollution troubles and violations.

Interestingly, it was due to sanitation and food safety concerns that Natural Valley Farms (NVF) in Saskatchewan was closed by the CFIA in December 2008. The now defunct Saskatchewan horse slaughter plant closed its business shortly thereafter. In Texas, the Dallas Crown plant was ordered closed for pollution and sewer violations. The Cavel plant in Illinois had similarly been in violation of its sewer discharge limits before its closure.

In Saskatchewan, NVF resorted to illegally dumping thousands of gallons of horse blood onto the Qu’appelle River Valley. Also, during a radio interview, a NVF investor and director admitted that 16 million gallons of raw horse blood was left in a retaining pond upstream from the Qu’Appelle River. “Bug tanks“ which contain bacteria to break down horses’ blood become ineffective as their blood typically contains antibiotics, which kills off the bacteria. The plant resorted to illegally dumping the blood. Quoting John Holland of the Equine Welfare Alliance: “Pollution follows the horse slaughter industry wherever it goes.”

The CHDC was also advised that a European Union audit was carried out at Bouvry Exports at the end of November, however this information has not been verified.

The CHDC again calls on the CFIA and the Minister of Agriculture to put an end to the suffering of horses and close this cruelty-driven and environmentally detrimental industry, and calls on all Member of Parliament to bring Bill C-544 forward in Parliament, to shut down horse slaughter in Canada, once and for all.

Source: Canadian Horse Defence Coalition News Release

9 thoughts on “Bouvry’s horse slaughter plant closed for sanitation reasons”

  1. In case you are unaware this is a site that deals with saving our magestic horses, so if i were you i would pack up your unfounded nonsense andramblings and go over to the BLMsite and be with people like yourself….. we have no use for you here…….


    1. Um, Bill. You process application forms not living creatures. It is what you said first… killing. Your comment gave me shivers. You are the type of person in this world that makes it a tragic and scary place for everybody.


  2. The fact that horse blood contains antibiotics is a chilling fact when it comes to microbes. It is well known that bacteria mutate such that they become resistant to antibiotics.

    Take for instance MSRP – methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – something that is ubiquitous in hospitals now due to over-use and abuse of prescriptions for illnesses unrelated to bacteria (i.e. viruses).

    It is bad enough that the uncontrolled use of these drugs by humans has compromised the ability to keep up with spontaneous mutations that allow these bugs to thrive. They are outpacing our efforts in finding new and effective versions even with the advent and advance of new and innovative molecular and genetic engineering solutions.

    Now we have these sludge/waste ponds breeding evil at the hands of ourselves. Can we really afford the unnecessary? And this is merely the horse slaughter industry (and I don’t mean that in a trivial sense when it comes to the horse). Think about what the entire meat industry represents now that it is predominated by factory farming and the filth, corruption and denigration of our companions that were meant to harmoniously share the earth with us.

    What have we become but slaves to…what really? I find it hard to finish that sentence with anything meaningful.

    And I end with one of my favorite quotes:

    “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922


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