CANADA (Horse Slaughter) — The Dodo reports that horses are still being shipped live from Canada to Japan to make specialty sashimi.
Almost every week — from Edmonton and Calgary airports in Alberta and the Winnipeg airport in Manitoba — unwanted horses are packed into crates and flown across the ocean. They land in Japan, one of the leading importers of horsemeat; 6.5 million pounds of horsemeat were imported by the country in 2016 alone.
But the live horses exported to Japan are used for something very specific: a kind of specialty sashimi called basashi.
“The meat needs to be consumed within three days after being slaughtered in order to be eaten as sushi,” Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for Humane Society International, told The Dodo.
Not only that, oils harvested from the horses’ bodies are also used in beauty products.
American horses are routinely shipped north just to enter the slaughter pipeline.
(1) If you oppose the live shipment of horses for slaughter and the suffering and death that goes along with it, sign this Change.org petition »
(2) Make it illegal to export American horses across U.S. borders. There are two things you can do to make that happen.
• Telephone your U.S. Representative asking him/her to co-sponsor and support the passage of H.R 113.
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Belgian horses tagged for slaughter await shipment. Unattributed Google search result.
Updated 4/27/17 4:07 pm correcting replacing sushi with sashimi except in quoted text. Sashimi is typically made with fish but is also made with raw meat. See “Kinds of sashimi not made with fish“.