CHDC releases fourth investigation into inhumane horse slaughter practices in Canada

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) presents a fourth investigation documenting inhumane horse slaughter at a Quebec slaughterhouse and provides compelling evidence that the much touted Equine Identification Document (EID) program put forward by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) invites fraud.

Despite past reassurances from the CFIA and industry that horse slaughter plant conditions would be improved, this investigation demonstrates that yet a fourth Canadian slaughterhouse is in violation of humane slaughter regulations.

The CHDC has once again received undercover footage – this time from Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, Inc., in St. Andre-Avellin, Qubec.

The footage was captured on July 13th and 14th of 2011 and was sent anonymously to the CHDC.

Those of us who have examined the video have been shocked and sickened by what we’ve viewed. We consulted Dr. Nicholas Dodman, an expert in animal behaviour and anesthesiology at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dodman had this to say: “…my final conclusion, after reviewing 150-plus horse slaughters in this series of videos, is that the process was terrifying for most of the horses and, in many cases, horribly inhumane. The inhumane treatment of horses at Les Viandes de la Petite Nation must be stopped immediately.”

The evidence is clear: it is impossible, even in well-designed, conscientiously-managed, assembly-line conditions, to humanely slaughter horses. As Dr. Dodman states, “…many head shy or apprehensive horses…presented the operator of the captive bolt gun with a moving target.”

Learn more and view videos (English and French) at the CHDC website here >>

2 thoughts on “CHDC releases fourth investigation into inhumane horse slaughter practices in Canada”

  1. So much for the perfect state-of-the-are Temple Grandin designed slaughter plants Sue Wallis has been blowing off about . This one IS a palace compared to the one in Kaufman, TX, but it’s no more humane.

    Still, it’s an opportunity to remind Wallis and her sock puppets that even Temple Grandin isn’t a magician – and that’s what it would take to make horse slaughter humane. And there is still the problem of bute and all the other banned substances…..


  2. Kudos to the CHDC for exposing the truth, once again, and their tireless crusade to end the slaughter of North America’s horses (US and Canada).

    As for the EID, a total sham that the Canadian government should be ashamed of as well as those in the US that forge these documents. Money over ethics as usual.


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