Well, here we go again. More slings and arrows at Canada’s horse slaughter industry. Maybe this time it will actually do some damage.
No doubt Canada’s horse slaughter industry is rife with problems.
Last year, a Canadian Food Inspection Agency employee muttered to Tuesday’s Horse that they do not have the budget to see that regulations are fully enforced. In addition to taking in thousands and thousands of horses for slaughter they shouldn’t be, meat inspections at horse slaughter plants are rare.
This is borne out by Henry Skjerven, former director of Natural Valley Foods, the abattoir that went out of business in 2009 when they started slaughtering horses in addition to cattle.
Skjerven states in an investigation for the program 16×9:
“I never saw or heard of the CFIA doing drug screening,” says Henry Skjerven.
“He says the few inspectors in slaughterhouses are stretched much too thin, and can’t realistically be expected to inspect every animal, as required by law.
“The horses were coming in many times offloaded into the hold pen outside the plant, and fifteen minutes later they’re being killed. They see that animal for how long? Seconds. So did they have time to do this and do that, and get everything done they’re supposed to do? My personal opinion is, no.”
In Canada: Don’t miss “Tainted Meat” this Saturday at 7pm on 16X9.
Of course it is not just the live horses Canada import for slaughter from the US. What about Canada’s own horses? They can’t even regulate that.
Here’s a no brainer. They should be aware that just about every racehorse will have been given Bute. If nothing else, the CFIA should be turning every racehorse presented at their gates.
:: No honor in horse slaughter or drug documentation system it uses, Jan 28, 2013
:: Thousands of racehorses face slaughter: Not so fast Canada; Sept 8, 2012