Majority of Canadians oppose horse slaughter according to new Nanos Poll

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TORONTO, July 22, 2019 /CNW/ – When asked about the continuation of this practice, 69% said they would like to stop the slaughtering of horses in Canada for human consumption. Only 17% said they’d like to see it continue, while 14% were unsure.

“Over the last fifteen years, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has continued to expose findings of cruelty, neglect and suffering of horses on feedlots, during air and ground transportation, and in the slaughter plants. This evidence, combined with these poll findings, proves that horses cannot be slaughtered humanely on a mass scale, and that the majority of Canadians would like to see it abolished”, says Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director of the CHDC.

This poll confirms similar findings to another national poll taken in 2004, where 64% of Canadians said they opposed the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Sinikka Crosland goes on to say, “Nearly half of all horses are imported from the US where horse slaughter is illegal. Neither US nor Canadian horses can be traced effectively. Canada’s Equine Information Document system is highly flawed and does not guarantee truth or accuracy. There are instances in Europe where banned substances, such as a commonly used pain killer for horses called phenylbutazone, have been found in horsemeat exported by Canada, as recently as June 2019.”

The CHDC and the majority of Canadians call on our Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture, and all MPs to take the necessary steps to end the slaughter of horses in our country.

Click here to see the survey in its entirety.

SOURCE Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

For further information: Sinikka Crosland, Canadian Horse Defence Coalition,,

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Artwork by Vivian Grant Farrell. Not filed with this Press Release.


Calgary Stampede chuckwagon race kills second horse

Calgary Stampede kills horse number 2 in chuckwagon race. July 2019.
Calgary Stampede kills horse number 2 in chuckwagon race. July 2019.

A second horse died after sustaining injuries during a chuckwagon race at the 2019 Calgary Stampede, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Here’s what local animal rights’ groups said about the dead horses.

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“What we have to do is stop looking at horses as objects that we can look at for our viewing entertainment,” said Trev Miller, the media relations co-ordinator for Calgary Animal Rights Effort. If we can’t take care of them, we shouldn’t put them in that situation.”

Agree with the first sentence Trev. One of the most disappointing statements comes from Peter Ficker of the Vancouver Humane Society when he stated:

Caslon Quote Left Black“The problem is there are just too many horses and too many teams going at high speed, taking tight turns at close proximity,” Ficker said. “Those are all things that could be looked at and perhaps the race could be made safer.”

“. . . perhaps the race could be made safer”. How about let’s call the whole thing off? Look what Ficker is quoted as saying in 2017 as reported by The Horse magazine:

Caslon Quote Left BlackPeter Fricker, spokesman for the Vancouver Humane Society, said 60 horses have died from chuckwagon race-related injuries since 1986. In response to the latest death, the organization called for the Stampade to suspend the chuckwagon races.

“Nearly every year horses die in this race, which clearly puts them at undue risk of injury and death,” Fricker said. “The Stampede has failed to stop horses dying and the public should let them know this is unacceptable.”

Anyone truly interested in the wellbeing of horses would call for a complete end to chuckwagon racing. How many horses need to die before you arrive at that conclusion?

What about the horses?

The horses used in this outdated, barbaric competition do not volunteer. They do not “enjoy it” or “love it” as some fools profess. The horses perform because they have no other choice. They can’t quit, ask for time off to recuperate, or simply not show up for work. They are stuck right where they are, and cannot determine their own fate.

Sadly many of the horses made to perform in chuckwagon racing have already suffered the horrors of the horse racing industry. Now they are living this nightmare.

Yet in comments to articles covering these horses’ deaths, you see statements like this:

Caslon Quote Left BlackThe Stampede has Vets that do check ups before they are cleared to Race. This goes on every day before these horses are even hooked up. NO horse race track anywhere has these safety restrictions. Besides the horses that die at racetracks after 3 to 5 Years most racehorses are sold for Slaughter, unless saved by a chuckwagon owner.” (See Global News article)

Educate yourself. Calgary Stampede sends cast-off horses to the slaughterhouse »

You who buy tickets, attend and cheer this on are as complicit in all of this as the ones who put on these grisly spectacles. Without you, it would all come to an end. Companies who sponsor it, their blood is on your hands too.


Second horse dies at 2019 Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races »

John Hettinger: Where Would All the Horses Go?

When we started The Horse Fund the first and foremost issue we tackled was horse slaughter. One of the recurring arguments against banning horse slaughter especially from people within the horse industry was, where would all the horses go? They are still it asking now.

On the home page of our original website we featured John Hettinger and his White Paper, “Where Would All the Horses Go?”, published June 28, 2003.  It had a huge impact everywhere it was read, from advocates to politicians to the horse racing industry where he was widely revered.

When Mr. Hettinger passed away in 2010, Ray Paulick, of the horse racing site The Paulick Report, wrote how Mr. Hettinger had influenced his thought about the slaughter of horses.

No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger.

He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote about it, did something about it. He was a man of words and of action. And he put his money where his mouth was.

Of all the things John Hettinger ever said or wrote about horse slaughter, there is one paragraph that has stayed with me. It came from an article he wrote in 2003 and asked me to publish in the Bloodhorse.

“How do we as an industry feel about our horses?” he wrote. “Are we horse lovers? Are these animals, who work for us in one way or another throughout their entire lives, sensitive and capable of trust, courage and generosity of spirit? Or are they fast cows without horns?”

Fast cows without horns? That line got me. Until then, I was ambivalent about slaughter, because I considered horses “livestock,” which, technically, they are. But that simple but brilliant observation taught me there are different kinds of livestock – the kind that are bred and raised for human consumption, and the kind that are bred and raised for sport, but end up in the food chain by unfortunate circumstances.

Thank you, Mr. Hettinger, for helping me finally understand what was so clear to you.

John Hettinger.


We wrote :

Through his numerous positions within the industry which include membership in the Jockey Club, Director of America’s oldest Thoroughbred Auction House—Fasig-Tipton, Inc., Trustee of New York Racing Association, Chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the owner of Akindale Farm, Mr. Hettinger has made the well-being of the horse his guiding principle.

With the assistance of his auction house, Mr. Hettinger founded Blue Horse Charities, which in its first three years of operation, has awarded over $200,000 for the retirement of Thoroughbreds. He has also donated one of his farms, Excellor, in New York to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and fights tirelessly to end horse slaughter.

Asked how to explain his compassion, Mr. Hettinger is fond of reminding people that, “all of my best friends have four legs!”

John Hettinger — a true Hero for Horses.


If you are a horse lover or advocate of any kind, please read Mr. Hettinger’s paper, “Where Will All the Horses Go?” The same rhetoric — questioning what will we do with all the horses if horse slaughter is banned — is re-emerging yet again as it looks like the bills pending before Congress have a good chance of being successful and ending horse slaughter and the export for slaughter.

You will never find better answers to this question than in Mr. Hettinger’s paper.


Please contact your U.S. Representative re H.R. 961 and your two U.S. Senators re S.2006 today and ask them to please cosponsors these bills.

You can do it online, day or night. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes if that. Go here and get it done! »

Thank you horse lovers.


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Pdf version of the original print article »

Online version of the original article at our website »

Read full article by Ray Paulick here »

The Legislative Process (video)

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Capitol Dome Fresco, Washington D.C. Can you spot the horses?

The Legislative Process

It can be very challenging yet rewarding to take part in the legislative process, working to shape and enact laws that are just and fair.

You do this every time you take part by contacting your federal legislators in Washington to sponsor or oppose bills pending before Congress.

Learn how it works so you can make it work to the benefit of our horses.


The Library Congress at has a series of videos explaining the legislative process. These videos are informative no matter what level of knowledge or experience you have.

Here’s the first in a nine part series.


We hope you will join us and take action on behalf of horses, giving them a strong and consistently well-informed voice in Washington.


H.R. 961 — The SAFE Act of 2019 (banning horse slaughter)
Goal: 290 Cosponsors. The U.S. House of Representatives currently has 435 Members.

S. 2006 — Companion Bill of H.R. 961

Instructions on How to Take Action »

Thank you!

H.R. stands for House Resolution.
S. stands for Senate.