Canadian Horse Defense Coalition
Website: Canadian Horse Defense Coalition
Address: P.O. Box 26097,
Westbank, BC V4T 2G3
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Numbers:Telephone/Fax: 250-768-4803
Our mission is to bring together like-minded individuals and groups, to collectively help protect equines in Canada from slaughter, and the export of live equines for slaughter, by raising public consciousness through education, and achieving the enactment of legislation that will ban these practices in Canada.
A Call to End Horse Slaughter in Canada
In June 2008, the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition (CHDC) released a second investigative report on the horse slaughter industry at Natural Valley Farms in Saskatchewan, Canada. "Black Beauty Betrayed: The Slaughter of US and Canadian Horses" confirms that horses experience severe neglect, abuse and suffering during handling and throughout the slaughter process.
Every week, thousands of horses meet their awful fate in Canadian slaughter houses. In the last months of 2007, after the last US horse slaughter plant closed in September, the number of horses dying in Canadian plants increased over 120%. In December 2007 alone, the number almost reached 10,000 horses, a 160% increase over the previous year. It is estimated that Canada will slaughter over 102,000 horses in 2008, a 200% increase from just two years ago!
This hidden industry has existed in Canada for years, but the very significant increase is a result of the closure of all US horse slaughter plants, which was due to the will of the people. However, until the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is passed, horses will continue to be exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. A market for horse meat for human consumption exists in Europe and Asia. However, the majority of Canadians do not support it and a 2004 Ipsos-Reid poll reveals that 64% do not believe in killing horses for human consumption.