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Jann Arden among those protesting live export of horses from Canada to Japan for slaughter

Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden brought star power to a protest at the Calgary International Airport on Tuesday, drawing attention to the export of draft horses to Asia for slaughter as a shipment prepared to depart.

Arden called the practice heartbreaking and gut-wrenching, saying the export of live animals has to stop across the board.

“We can hear some very beautiful horses… kicking in crates already,” she said.

“They haven’t even left the Calgary airport yet. They’ve got two days in turbulence on an aircraft. No food. No water. Not knowing what the hell is happening and a very unhappy ending.”

According to Statistics Canada, 2,720 live Albertan horses were exported in 2019, at a value of $19,674,481.

Of that, 1,449 live Albertan horses were shipped to Japan in 2019, totalling $13,166,132​.

Samson-French said Alberta has two internationally certified slaughterhouses, so if people want to eat horse meat, the animals should be slaughtered close to home. “This is not to feed the poor in another country; this is to feed the very wealthy,” she said.

Read more at Global News »

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3 thoughts on “Jann Arden among those protesting live export of horses from Canada to Japan for slaughter”

  1. This needs to be stoped a horse is such a beautiful animal . How do we let this happen ! What kind of peaple r we to let this happen I stand by the protesters

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  2. I am SO against horses being sent to slaughter for horse meat or any other reason…….but I can’t help asking, what in the world do we do with so many unwanted horses???

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    1. For a start we stop excessive, irresponsible breeding and work from there. There should be programs created by businesses to transition horses they use when they are through with them to something else. These businesses should employ the horses they use in such a way that the horses can enjoy second careers or make a good horse for private owners.

      Perhaps require a license to breed horses to get rid of irresponsible “backyard breeders”.

      These are just a few ideas. We find it hard to believe there are not endless options if people who breed horses cared what happened to their “products”. But how do you make them care?

      Thank you for bringing this up. It is a huge issue.

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