Posts Tagged 'Canadian Horse Defence Coalition'

High-fear

Vet says neither Viande Rischelieu Inc. nor Bouvry Exports up to horse-slaughter standards.

Horses were whipped, struck across the head and poked with electrical prods at the Quebec plant. And some of the horses that were hung to bleed at the Alberta plant showed signs of consciousness, Dr. Zimmerman said.

In addition, she said, the footage shows instances at both facilities when it took more than one shot to take a horse down.

Horses are high-fear flight animals, Dr. Zimmerman said. “What sets them off is anything that is unusual to them, or a sudden noise. As well, they will have great anxiety when they feel they are trapped in a small space.” When they panic, it is difficult to get off a clean shot.

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Loathsome nature

John Sorenson on the RCMP’s claim that there is no cruelty at Bouvry Horse Exports Ltd.

. . . the RCMP were probably persuaded by Bouvry that their operations conformed to standard practices. This is probably true, but this is simply an indication of the loathsome nature of the entire industry. Anyone seeking verification of this may turn to Gail Eisnitz’s book Slaughterhouse.

As depraved and horrific as they are, the scenes at Bouvry are simply instances of a far greater pattern. The entire industry is based on cruelty: deliberately depriving sentient beings of the lives they enjoy simply to satisfy the trivial desire to savour their flesh in our mouths.

Wilful abuse

Videos reveal below-standards treatment at Quebec and Alberta horse abattoirs.

A review of the 189 slaughters on the Bouvry facility video, carried out by animal-welfare expert Temple Grandin, found six per cent of its horses had to be fired on a second time when the first shot didn’t knock them out or kill them. An audit by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies put the number at seven per cent — exceeding the standard of five per cent.

Those limits also stipulate that no more than one per cent of animals can slip or fall in the kill pen before they’re shot, but the audits found that threshold was exceeded at both Bouvry and Richelieu.

As for jolting horses in the face with an electrical prod, Grandin told CBC News that’s “a wilful act of abuse” and an automatic failed audit.

“Something like that horse being whipped in the face, I’d blame that on plant management. Plant management needs to be controlling that stuff,” she said.

Horse healing

At the Rocking Horse Ranch and Rehabilitation Centre.

Stone adopted Breagh 15 years ago when she was just a six-month-old horse. She was thin, neglected and distrustful of humans. The two connected, because she was trying to rid herself of an abusive partner, she says.

“Within the next year, I managed to get myself clear of this fella,” she says. “It took every bit of strength that I had . . . to do it, (and) at the end of it, I just felt like I was going to crawl in to bed and die. I was just drained.

“And only for this little horse, I had to get up and look after it and try to heal it. Within a year of healing the horse, I realized I healed myself.”

Under investigation

RCMP looking into horse slaughterhouse.

Police opened the file after the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition made a complaint against Bouvry Horse Exports Ltd, which sells horse meat to international markets.

The animal rights group says a secretly recorded video was sent to them showing horses at the Fort Macleod slaughterhouse being shot and then hoisted away by their legs while still fully conscious.

“It’s currently under investigation. We’re speaking with the SPCA as well,” said Sgt. Brent Hawker, with the RCMP detachment in Fort Macleod.

“If there’s a criminal offence that’s been committed, we’ll lay charges.”

Duty of care

Canadian Food Inspection Agency will look into allegations of  cruelty at Alberta horse slaughtering plant.

“We are certainly validating those allegations and we have initiated contact with the regulated parties and we certainly ensure that we are vigilant with regards to our duty of care and humane treatment of animals,” said Martin Appelt, a veterinarian and manager for meat programs with the CFIA in Ottawa. “Whether or not this will lead to regulatory action I cannot say at this point. We do have a requirement for evidence to prove wrongdoing.”
It could take several weeks before any additional information becomes available. Appelt said he has seen the video footage sent to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC). The footage came anonymously to the CHDC and its executive director is convinced it shows inhumane treatment of horses in the slaughtering room at both Bouvry and another slaughtering plant in Quebec.


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