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For Immediate Release

 CWH launches Federal Petition: Alberta Wild Horses. “Heritage Animal”

Canadian Wild Horse Foundation (CWH) has launched a federal petition, which will be submitted to the Canadian House of Commons August 2013. The petition urges the Government of Canada to protect the wild horses of Alberta by designating them a “Heritage Animal” and will be represented in the House by Blake Richards – Member of Parliament, Wild Rose Party Alberta. The campaign to save Alberta’s wild horses is actively supported by both local and international equine enthusiasts and celebrity.

Today, the wild horses of Alberta fall under the “Stray Animals Act” which classifies them as feral and leaves them severely unprotected under the Law. They are at serious risk of having their herd(s) population fall below the required numbers needed to sustain the natural balance of a healthy gene pool. These horses have an abundance of natural predators and harsh living conditions to contend with and are now forced to survive government licensed trapping that not only send these magnificent animals into the slaughterhouses for human consumption but also seriously risk the future of Alberta’s wild horse herds. According to ESRD (Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development) between December 2011 and February 2012 there were 216 wild horses captured through a possible 237 permit licenses distributed by the ESRD. This was a record high cull.


Wild horses have roamed Alberta’s Crown land for hundreds of years. They are born, live and die in the wild; they are not a stray-animal. They have contributed to the natural eco-system for centuries and are an integral part of it. It is time we let them live wild and free, so that future generations will be able to appreciate not only their contribution to our Countries history but their beauty in a natural environment.

Many Canadian’s are unaware of the wild horse’ existence and their immense contribution to the history of Canada. CWH is working to change this. CWH believes it is of the utmost importance to protect the iconic wild horse herds of Alberta before it is to late. The federal petition is in response to concerned citizens who have initiated letters, emails and phone calls to political bodies that have fallen on deaf ears.

Petition Download (English)

Petition Download (French)

For media inquiries:
E: canadianwildhorses@gmail.com
Catherine Betts Founder, CEO
P: 613-965-5960
Adrienne Calvert


CWH is urging all Canadians to support the cause to save our wild horses by signing the federal petition available for download on CWH Facebook, Google+ and You Tube Profiles.





Canadian Wild Horse Foundation (CWH) is a group of determined citizens dedicated to the preservation and well being of Canada’s wild horse population. CWH is securing not-for-profit status in Canada.




CWH is committed to educating the public about Canada’s wild horses and participating in the preservation of wild horse populations by utilizing strategic awareness campaigns and supporting other like-minded equine groups and concerned citizens. 




For media inquiries of further information:



E: canadianwildhorses@gmail.com


Catherine Betts – Founder. CEO

P: 613-965-5960


Adrienne Calvert – Executive Director

P: 647-274-2608





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Horse Slaughter: A tragic tribute to those who have fallen:

The Bay Mustang Colt: Anatomy of a Round-up


We must put an end to all of this.  With your help we can!!










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As the world, and especially the horse world, watches as the horsemeat scandal unfolds in Europe and the U.K., the CHDC is reposting “Proof of CFIA Failure“, the story of Silky Shark, a Standardbred racehorse who was slaughtered and slipped through the system to dinner plates, when his carcass should have been condemned due to phenylbutazone contamination.


Canada’s Bloody Secret is that this country enables the mass brutality and inhumane treatment of both US and Canadian horses. Why, because it is a multimillion dollar industry, fueled by greed and a total disregard for life. The US banned their own equine slaughter plants many years ago, so Canada took up the opportunity to make money by importing tens of thousands of US horses destined for slaughter and horse meat exportation to Europe. Our own wild horses face the same total disregard and what few wild numbers are being exterminated because they have no protection and are considered feral vermin. Retired racehorses, competition horses are all now part of the growing horse meat industry.

With former Ontario PremierMcGuinty’s closure of Ontario racetracks that number of equine victims has increased, these horses contain toxic medicines administered during their racing and competitive careers that make the meat unfit for human consumption. The EU has already launched a full scale investigation into consumer fraud against companies within the EU that have failed to advise consumers that horse meat is often the prime ingredient in their products.

Regardless of the contaminants, horses continue to be exploited by any and all means possible at the hands of the greedy, self justified pro-slaughter advocates, who disregard the legal lands given to and what little protection there is for horses across the US and Canada.

Canada continues to bloody her hands and will continue to do so on this issue, just as she stains herself with the blood of murdered seals and by importing cat/dog fur products from China.

Until such time as Private Members Bills that are brought before the House of Commons demanding increased and strengthened Animal Protection Laws for this country no longer get defeated in their Second Reading (and there have been so many) nothing will change in this country. It is a total ongoing disgrace period!!! Shameful to a degree that cannot be described in words!!


ottawa-billboard    This is a Billboard in Ottawa, the Nations Capital.

It shows a stallion breaking his leg and it shows him running..heart wrenching. A foal also falls and a horse falls in the trap and gets trampled.. The BLM began the roundup of 200 wild horses in the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) on Oct. 2, 2012. Two horses died as a result of the roundup on Day 1.   This video:

Silver King Roundup: Braveheart’s body is dragged onto the trailer

Uploaded by AWHPC1 on Oct 8, 2010

Loading the stallion’s body onto the truck as his mare looks on.

PVC Antelope Horses (newborn euthanized) 3-2-2011

Uploaded by LauraLeigh001 on Mar 2, 2011

3/2/2011 baby born from a mare run during the Antelope stampede Nevada at Palomino Valley BLM facility killed…. Baby never had a chance… our “protected” symbol of American spirit.

Triple B: Inhumane Treatment of Foals

Video provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC): BLM Inhumane Treatment of Foals During Wild Horse Roundups, August 2-4,

Is it Bad Enough For You!!





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Over a month ago I announced via FaceBook that I was, after long hard thought, retiring from advocacy.  Perhaps I used the wrong terminology, sabbatical is the term I should have used.  Suffering from Compassion Fatigue, I need a break, the length of which is unknown.

Anyone who is bombarded on a daily basis with the continued horrors inflicted upon animals, anyone who must physically clean up the mess left behind by irresponsible pet owners, administer care to the abandoned and the suffering, anyone who works in shelters and vet hospitals will in time go through Compassion Fatigue.  Similar to Post Trauma Stress Disorder, the effects of Compassion Fatigue can be and are devastating.

Despite the need for peace and respite from advocacy there are issues that continue to eat at my soul, no inner peace can be found as long as animals suffer at the hands of man.

I received this email just the other day from Sinika, with the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, and with her permission have copied and pasted it below.

Canada continues the blood bath in the equine slaughter plants in this country.  Canada continues to enable the horrific BLM roundups of wild horses in the US by importing these animals for slaughter into our country.

We all thought that the recent XL Meat scandal was bad enough.  We learned how our Canadian Food Inspection Agency dropped the ball on that one.  Well the CFIA continues to drop the ball, by not effectively and efficiently monitoring horse slaughter in this country, and by allowing contaminated horse meat to be exported from this country.  But really, think about it, can we expect anything less, after what we have already learned?

Once you have read Sinika’s  email, please take the time to visit this additional  link below regarding ‘Animal Angels’ Investigation of  the “Bouvry’s Slaughter Pipeline”. “Bouvry Exports operates one of the largest horse slaughter plants in Canada approved to export horse meat to the EU. Bouvry Exports owns about 2000 acres of land near Fort Macleod, where they fatten US and Canadian horses in large feedlots.”

Warning the pictures which are exposing this horrendous inhumane treatment of horses awaiting slaughter are very graphic.


We cannot allow the continuation of such inhumane treatment to continue.  We all know about the Factory Farms, we all know about the Puppy and Kitten Mills, we all know about the Dog Fighting Rings, the Racing Industry, the Circuses and the Rodeos….but more must be done to end the equine slaughter for profit and greed and the exploitation of lands established as protected areas for wild horses, we must all put an end to the Canadian export of tainted meat unfit for human consumption, and any and all Canadian imports of products into this country from the cruel exploitative practices of other nations against animals.


Below is Sinika’s email: posted with her permission

Subject: The life and death of a racehorse, and the chilling implications
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:23:03 -0800

The Life and Death of Silky Shark, a Racehorse


In July 2011, a Standardbred U.S. racehorse named Silky Shark died in a Quebec slaughterhouse.


The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition tracked the evidence, showing that Silky Shark had been administered phenylbutazone (a deadly drug that must never enter the food chain) and subsequently slipped through the system undetected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Jack Rodolico of Latitude News has produced an exemplary account of the fate of this beautiful horse – Silky Shark’s life in the racing industry, how he fell through the cracks, and what chilling implications his death holds in terms of animal protection and food safety.

Links to articles and podcasts are below.


The full magazine feature and podcast: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat/

A short version aired on the American radio program Marketplace: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/drugged-american-horsemeat-sold-europe


A slightly longer version aired on Harvest Public Media’s network of public radio stations throughout the American Midwest: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1544/drugged-horsemeat-us-showing-europe/5

A medium-length text version on The Week:  http://theweek.com/article/index/237968/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat


CHDC’s report, Proof of CFIA Failure: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/proof-of-cfia-failure/



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Reblogged from CHDC:

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog

Is anyone home at the CFIA?

We have received several reports that the CFIA is not returning phone calls and is sending out a generic auto response email in regards to recent concerns brought forth over horses being live shipped to Japan for slaughter. Questions are not being answered – the CFIA is, yet again, not taking responsibility for their actions. While we are not surprised by this lack of communication and poor judgement, we need to show them that we aren’t going to stop pursuing this until we see and end to it.

Going forward, please direct your email complaints to these CFIA officials in Ottawa.  You can copy and paste the email addresses and compose your own message to all five: nicole.cormier@inspection.gc.ca, george.dapont@inspection.gc.ca, Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca, Ian.Alexander@inspection.gc.ca, Martine.Dubuc@inspection.gc.ca

(Dr. Nicole Cormier is a CFIA Humane Transportation of Animals Program Specialist, George Da Pont is the President of the CFIA, Gerry Ritz is Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Dr. Ian Alexander is Chief Veterinary Officer for the CFIA and Dr. Martine Dubuc is Chief Food Safety Officer for the CFIA.)

Please be respectful BUT:

Demand an answer.

Demand to know why, for the past 20 years, the CFIA have not been enforcing their own regulations.

Demand to know how many horses have died because of their negligence.

Demand to know what changes will be made to ensure that no more horses die, overcrowded in crates so small that they cannot stand in a natural position.

Demand to know why the countries where these horses are shipped to don’t have to report what condition the horses arrive in.

Note:  it has recently been revealed by the CFIA that horses originating from Canada arrived dead in Japan in August 2012.

Here’s the link for the October 18, 2012 CHDC news release, “CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan”

The video report is here

CTV Saskatoon covered this story on October 30th.  Please view it here

Thank you for your work on behalf of the horses!

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog


CTV News in Saskatoon Reports on Japan Shipments

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

CTV in Saskatoon, SK reports on shipments horses in crates from Calgary International Airport to Japan for slaughter:  http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=795033.

For the full CHDC investigative report video, see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji5n8siQGAw&feature=plcp.

CTV London, Ontario story of Standardbred broodmares shipped for meat

CTV London, Ontario, ran a story last week about three older Standardbred broodmares whose owner issued an order to have them shipped to the OLEX auction “for meat”.

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

False Alarm Establishes Need to Provide Safety Net for Slaughter Bound Horses by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

If ever there was a time for real alternatives to horse slaughter in the U.S. and Canada, that time is now!An essay by Allen Warren of
Horse Harbor Foundation  Pease read it here

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | October 21, 2012 at 12:13 |  URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-16m


  News from Colorado contact:

The plight of mustangs and burros is a hidden tragedy – Americans do not  realize what is taken from them and how cruelly. The footage of recent stampedes  is shocking, the hasty gathers and wipe out of whole herds speak volumes of  destruction and despair. Tax payers are funding this atrocity, under the guise  of “management”. Read this article: http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/27-27/9442-tragedy-disguised-the-extinction-of-americas-last-wild-horses-and-burros Wild  horses are safe only on the range, where they enhance the eco-system. Their  evolution is here, and they positively contribute to soils, plants, animals and  people and help prevent wild fires. Government has too long targeted  them for elimination and wrongfully blamed them for damage caused by  cattle. The negative schemes must be exposed. Read Craig Downer’s compelling  book: “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”. It will blow your mind on the true story of  the West and how the Fed’s destroy this heritage in a cleverly deceptive agenda.  He has defended wild horses over 40 years against the merciless attacks of BLM  and special interests. It’s time people find out the truth.
Please sign this petition, with all that failed in years against this  massive eviction, we must maintain our voice for these defenseless icons.
Thank you. Monika Courtney

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Please read this most important post.  Lives are at stake here!!!!!!  Please support and help save thee magnificent animals.  Thank you
October 29, 2012
Dear Wild Horse and Burro Supporters:
As a professional wildlife ecologist, I have prepared a proposal that would develop a solid alternative to the present mistreatment of
our nation’s wild horses and burros.  This is attached here for your consideration.
Given support for this, I would employ my knowledge and investigative skills in a serious and dedicated manner in order to thoroughly formulate and effectively present a realistic plan for the implementation of Reserve Design for naturally self-stabilizing, genetically viable and ecologically well-adapted populations of wild horses and burros where they belong throughout America.
This professional report and proposal would provide the kind of well-founded approach that is needed to achieve meaningful and long-lasting reform of our nation’s wild horse and burro program. It would identify specific regions where Reserve Design can be most successful and outline
the steps required to make this a reality.  Our government’s wild horse and burro program has and continues to ignore the true intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, among other mutually supportive laws.
I would appreciate your carefully reading of my proposal and letting me know if you would be willing to support this project or know of someone who would.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Best  Wishes, Sincerely,
Craig C. Downer
Author: The Wild Horse Conspiracy
P.O. Box 456
Minden, NV 89423
P.S. If responding by email, please use this aol address rather than my yahoo address.




By Craig C. Downer


Wildlife Ecologist, Author of The Wild Horse Conspiracy © 2011,

Member: IUCN Species Survival Commission, Board member: The Cloud Foundation, President: Andean Tapir Fund (www.andeantapirfund.com)


Contact: P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423. T. 775-901-2094.

Email: ccdowner@aol.com


October 29, 2012


Unless urgent action is taken, wild horses and burros in today’s America face a bleak future.


Though the unanimously passed Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (WFRHBA) originally set aside around 88 million acres for their preservation in the wild, the rights of these animals and of their public supporters have been undermined and denied by the very officials charged with protecting them.


Current policies toward these national heritage species are thinly disguised plans for either bringing them down to cripplingly low, non-viable population levels or for totally eliminating them from their legal areas. Even if some 30,000 wild horses and burros remain on the public lands, this figure is in no way commeasurable with the amount of ecologically appropriate habitat in which they have the legal right to live. The small number of horses and burros our government intends to leave on each of the 200-or-so remaining designated areas will result – indeed, has already begun to result – in an over fragmentation of populations that jeopardizes their long-term survival.


Our government’s current goal of drastically reducing already tiny and genetically vulnerable wild herds includes the partial sterilization of mares, through PZP injection,   and the unnatural skewing of sex ratios to establish excess males in this naturally harem- type horse society. Today, our nation’s last remaining wild horses and burros find themselves in a very critical situation.  They are actually more imperiled than they were in 1971, for their chief enemies reside within the very agencies charged with their protection!


To remedy this intolerable situation, Americans must immediately and audaciously respond with a well-conceived plan for change.  As a wildlife ecologist and fourth-generation Nevadan personally familiar with the wild horses and burros of the West, I have come up with such a plan – a way to restore these animals, known as returned-native species, to viable natural herds throughout the West.  My plan entails ending the cruel, disruptive roundups and reproductive manipulations – practices that make a mockery of the 1971 Act and, of principal concern, cause untold suffering and death to these freedom-loving creatures.


Wildlife, wilderness and conservation professionals call this strategy Reserve Design.  Reserve Design combines ecological, social, and political considerations in order to achieve desired results. Basically, wild horse/burro Reserve Design involves the setting aside of areas of wild-equid-containing, year-round habitat where human intervention is buffered against and strictly controlled, and where natural processes are allowed to reestablish natural checks and balances. In this way, a significant degree of internal harmony is achieved for all diverse yet interrelated species living in the area’s ecosystem.


Critical steps for realizing Reserve Design to be described in the project are:


[1] Properly identify the short-term and long-term survival requirements of the principal species to be accommodated in the reserve.  Our chief focus would be to promote a wild horse/burro-containing ecosystem, where all species are allowed to adapt naturally over the generations.


[2] Conscientiously identify appropriate geographical areas suitable for the implementation of wild horse/burro-containing reserves. This would involve travel to a wide variety of places throughout the West.


[3] Wisely incorporate natural equid predators, such as puma and wolf, that would both limit and tone, or strengthen, wild horse and burro populations.


[4] Wisely incorporate natural barriers that would limit the ingress and/or the egress of certain species, including the wild horses and burros.  This would avoid conflicts and set up conditions for the natural self-regulation of populations.


[5] Identify where buffer zones, artificial barriers, or other means of impeding movements in and out of a reserve should be established in order to keep the species in question from coming into conflict with humans. Buffer zones possibly involving non-injurious means of adverse conditioning could be employed.  Also, “semi-permeable barriers” that do not restrict most species but do prevent equids from passing out of the reserve may be used.


[6] Identify the presence and abundance of necessary food, water, shelter, mineral procurement sites, elevational gradients for seasonal migrations, etc., that will accommodate the long-term needs of viable wild equid populations and allow the natural rest-rotation of grazing and foraging between the natural subdivisions of the reserve.


[7] Identify geographical regions whose human inhabitants are benignly disposed toward the creation and long-term
implementation of extensive, ecologically balanced wild horse/burro-containing reserves.  This would involve travel and town meetings.


[8] Identify ways of and benefits from implementing Reserve Design that would result in win-win relationships centered around the presence of wild horses and burros. Ecotourism is one major possibility here. Restoring native ecosystems, including soils and native species, would be another major benefit. The reduction of flammable vegetation through equid grazing and the restoration of hydrographic basins through enrichment of soils would be other positive contributions. Indeed, the restoration of the “equid element” in North America is crucial to combating life-disrupting global warming itself.


[9] Identify how best to educate the public concerning the many ways that horses/ burros, as ecological “climax” species, have of self-limiting their own populations once their respective ecological niches are filled. This knowledge is key to our realizing a truly humane relationship with wild horses and burros in America.


This list does not exhaust all the considerations for soundly establishing the Reserve Design that I would include in my professionally researched report with proposal. If provided the financial resources (requested at the end of this initial proposal), I would further elaborate upon this important and timely plan.


Basic steps for a professional reserve design, with associated costs and durations:


[1] Review literature on Reserve Design. Consult government, private and non-profit organizations. Research university, government, and public libraries as well as the internet.


[2] Consult authorities on Reserve Design and consult official implementers of nature reserves. Visit government and university offices and conduct interviews, particularly of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS). Universities to be visited: University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, Colorado State University-Ft. Collins, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Nevada-Reno. (Note: I received my A.B. from UC-Berkeley and my M.S. from UN-Reno, and am a lifetime alumni at both.) Visit United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) offices, particularly national wildlife refuges (NWR) containing or involving wild horses, especially Sheldon-Hart NWR in northern Nevada and southern Oregon and Malheur NWR in southeastern Oregon. My visit to the Malheur would be in combination with a visit to the Steen Mountain National Conservation Area. This is home to the famous Kiger mustang herd that spills east into the Alvord Desert. I would visit the Montgomery Pass wild horse herd on the Nevada-California border near Bishop, the Cibola-Trigo and Cerbat wild horse herds in Arizona, and Utah’s Sulphur wild horse herd. The first two herds are believed by many to be naturally self-stabilizing. National Parks offices and the parks themselves that have a history or actual presence of wild horses and burros would also be visited. These would include Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and eastern California portions of the Mojave Desert and the National Conservation Area here. Also included would be Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, for its authentic old Indian pony herd. Various non-profit groups would be consulted, especially the International Society for the Preservation of Mustangs & Burros in Lantry, South Dakota, in combination with my trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, The Cloud Foundation of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana.


[3] Intensive survey of maps and documents concerning BLM and US Forest lands as well as other appropriate – especially adjoining – land where wild horses and burros are presently found or could reasonably be established per Section 6 of the WFHB Act. This phase will identify those regional centers of actual or potential wild horse/burro presence that would be most appropriate for Reserve Design. I would consult with those most familiar with regions being considered as appropriate for Reserve Design.


Duration for Phases 1, 2 & 3: Two months.


[4] Final composition of Reserve Design proposal. This would subsequently be presented to the public and to government as well as private entities. I would give presentations to legislative and executive branches of both state and national governments as well as to the BLM and the USFS, the two agencies charged with carrying out the mandate of the WFRHB Act. I would also address counties and cities.


Duration for Phase 4: One month.


Total Time Required: Three months.


The robust aim of Reserve Design is to restore wild horses and burros where they belong throughout America and to secure their long-term future. This would, in effect, restore the true and original intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.


For more information on how to support this proposal through a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Craig Downer.


Unless otherwise indicated, full acknowledgement of supporter(s) will be in the proposal.

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It shows a stallion breaking his leg and it shows him running..heart wrenching. A foal also falls and a horse falls in the trap and gets trampled..

The BLM began the roundup of 200 wild horses in the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) on Oct. 2, 2012. Two horses died as a result of the roundup on Day 1.




Triple B: Inhumane Treatment of Foals

Video provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC): BLM Inhumane Treatment of Foals During Wild Horse Roundups, August 2-4,


PVC Antelope Horses (newborn euthanized) 3-2-2011


Uploaded by LauraLeigh001 on Mar 2, 2011

3/2/2011 baby born from a mare run during the Antelope stampede Nevada at Palomino Valley BLM facility killed…. Baby never had a chance… our “protected” symbol of American spirit.

Is it Bad Enough For You? Wild Horses


Silver King Roundup: Braveheart’s body is dragged onto the trailer


Uploaded by AWHPC1 on Oct 8, 2010

Loading the stallion’s body onto the truck as his mare looks on.

Animals’ Angels investigation at the horse sale in Kalona, Iowa

Uploaded by AnimalsAngelsUSA on Mar 11, 2009

This video shows the appaling conditions for slaughter horses at this large auction. Horses were beaten with wooden sticks and crushed by heavy metal gates.


36 Hours to Hell


HSUS Investigates Horse Slaughter Exports

Uploaded by hsus on Oct 4, 2007

The last equine slaugherhouse in the United States finally shut down, but American horses continue to go to slaughter across our southern and northern borders in record numbers.


BLM Blocks Press Access to Wild Horse Round Up




“These are the two agencies charged by law with protecting& managing them. “


Speech for Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 12, 2008, organized by ISPMB


In 2008 Mr. Craig C. Downer a renowned Wild Horse Expert delivered his speech: https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/forever-wild-and-free-mr-craig-downers-full-unedited-speech-revealing-the-truth-about-the-blm-roundups-and-plight-of-u-s-wildhorses/


“Though the horse family is endangered world wide, wild horses and burros on public land remain on the very bottom of the totem pole of priorities of both the Bureau of Land Management & U.S. Forest Service.  These are the two agencies charged by law with protecting& managing them.  These two “national heritage species,” have rights to live free that are covered by the unanimously passed Public Law 92-195 and that are supported by many millions of ordinary U.S. citizens as well as people worldwide.  For these and other sundry reasons, the extent of livestock grazing and the number of permittees involved both in the original Herd Areas and in reduced Herd Management Areas should be clearly spelled out to the public – but this is not currently the case!”

Here is a link to Craig's proposal. It is posted   on the Wild Horse 
and Burro page on below website above the previous   version he 
released in 2010.


“The exclusion of wild horse and burro areas seems to be an intentional cover-up for the grossly unfair treatment that the wild horses and burros are receiving. “

Hundreds of thousands are fighting to Save America’s Wild Horses, unknown to each other, their voices are united for one GOAL, that being to end the brutal BLM roundups and the senseless annihiliation of wild horses and burros period.

“It is imperative to know the fabricated myths of range deterioration, starvation and the claim by some that wild horses are “feral” are fairy tales produced by special interests. Mustangs are native to North America, enough evidence is present.” See this report on BLM secrecy and tactics from George Knapp:
(watch the commentary video upper right corner).

Paul’s message to President Obama, March 2010, outside the American Embassy, London



‘The fight to overcome injustice and cruelty must never be silent! Compassion is the vital link that makes life bearable when all else fails’

Maria Daines


A commentary in response to comments made by US commissioner Tom Collins about how wild horse advocates must have been mistreated as kids was aired on KLAs.



While the US closed their own equine slaughter houses years ago,  Canada continues to enable the massive and brutal round ups of American Wild Horses, by importing these terrified and injured animals into Canada.  After days of unending transport, without food, water and rest these exhausted magnificent horses find themselves in Canada’s Quebec and Alberta slaughterhouses.

Why?  So that Canada can export horse meat to countries outside of North America and derive yet more income for government coffers.

See Stats Canada chart showing number of American horses imported into this country for slaughter, the US banned this yrs ago and shut down their own slaughterhouses

Imports_Horses for slaughter

Source: Statistics Canada, CATS

2007 2008 2009 2010
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7:44:52 AM

2011 – February Total
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Not included in the numbers shown above are racehorses, show jumpers, rodeo and all manner of horses deemed no longer of use to their respective owners, both in the US and Canada.


“MP introduces bill to ban horse meat for human consumption”

If this Private Members Bill is passed, it will go a very long way to help the Wild Horses being rounded up for slaughter by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.


MP introduces bill to ban horse meat for human consumption

by Alex Atamanenko MP on 06 Oct 2011

“New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (BC southern Interior) has re-introduced a Private Members Bill that would effectively shut down the slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada. “

FACTS:  Tainted Horse meat Unfit for Human Consumption

Repost: from Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

Politically Incorrect – Alberta politicians and horse slaughterby canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Politically incorrect. 



“The law states that every horse that goes to slaughter MUST be accompanied with their original papers, to show their medical history & if they had been given drugs that are banned by the FDA & CFIA in animals intended for human consumption, yet this is impossible & rarely the case since so many horses have gone through multiple owners, are bought at auction & have even been stolen.”

“The most common drug that is given to horses, is Bute(Phenylbutazone) which is an analgesic (relieves pain) and anti-inflammatory medication, that is as common in horses, as aspirin is to people. The warning label reads; Health risks. Humans should not inhale or ingest Bute. Wash hands immediately after administering Bute. In humans, bone marrow, renal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects are associated with use of Phenylbutazone.”
“Bute is a drug that is not only banned in animals intended for human consumption, but a drug that never leaves the system once it had been administered. Tests may say that the carcass is free of Bute, but the tests is not done on the part of the carcass where Bute can be found (in the Kidneys). Therefore, no amount of guaranteeing a horse that has ever had Bute given to them, will ever make their meat safe to eat. Racehorses are also commonly sent to slaughter plants & we know they are given Bute, as is the case with any privately owned horse.”
“There has never been & never will be any way possible to ensure that horses going to slaughter, for the purpose of human consumption, are free of drugs such as Bute, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets? That must be it, because there is not one benefit to horse slaughter, that isn’t monetary & that is only for those who benefit directly from the slaughter industry, which is only the people who are involved with horse slaughter (buyers, transporters, people in the plant, horse racing, PMU farms, Nurse mares, etc.) & the Government.
So I ask you, why is it not ok to allow consumers to eat tainted pork, beef, chicken, turkey or fish, but it is perfectly acceptable to allow consumers to eat tainted horse meat.”

“We need to force the Government to do the right thing, we must let them know that we will not allow our horses to be tortured, abused, maimed & killed in the most barbaric way, we will not tolerate them purposely poisoning people, just to make a buck. The time has come for them to get their heads out of their asses & smarten the hell up.

The Government needs to be held accountable for their irresponsible & selfish decisions & actions. The time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over. If they claim to not want to sell tainted beef, chicken, pork, etc, than they sure as hell shouldn’t be allowing tainted horse meat to be sold & exported”

If you have taken the time to read all of the above, the key words contained in the statement quoted are: “, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets?”

“Horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets”

Bloggers Comment:

Horse slaughter is an excellent way to ensure that the cattle industry can also continue to move into grazing lands  that were designated as protected areas solely for Wild Horses and Burros,  without facing consequences.  Horse slaughter is also an excellent way for the continued destruction and exploitation  of natural habitat that was designated as protected areas solely for Wild Horses and Burros by large and profitable enterprises in the oil and mineral industries, which of course, you can rightly believe, make hefty political donations as well as filling government coffers with their tax dollars.

Canada has already become an International Disgrace for it’s continued Seal Hunt.  The EU, European Union, banned Canadian Seal Products yet Canada goes on it’s merry way doesn’t it? and spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in its campaign to convince members of the EU to allow Canadian Seal Products into their countries and to find new customers outside the EU.

Canada continues to be an International Disgrace by enabling the massive BLM roundups for the slaughter of Wild Horses not only in the US but in Canada as well.

With Ontario’s Premier McGuinty’s closure of racetracks across Ontario, the estimated number of racehorses, 13,000 per CHDC, will likely be on the increase.  These horses, now deemed no longer profitable to their respective owners, injected with chemicals making them unfit for human consumption, will be brutally handled and slaughtered in Quebec plants that undercover investigations and videos have revealed to be houses of sheer suffering, pain and horror.

In addition the tainted meat produced from these horses will find its way to the dinner plates of unsuspecting families who will unknowingly  ingest chemicals which pose serious health risks to humans.


For your continued disregard!

For your continued enablement of the mass slaughter and extermination of a magnificent heritage species across the US and for the failure to protect the very few Wild Horses that still roam throughout Canada!

For your continued production and export of tainted horse meat products to the dinner plates of unsuspecting families!

Clearly obvious, now across Canada, the total disregard for population health safety can be seen, with the recent and unprecedented recall of  beef products produced in the XL Plant.  Contaminated with E.Coli this meat has proven to be deadly and the recall of the beef products has expanded in an alarming fashion.

While Agriculture Minister Rich has publically made the claim that we have more Meat and Plant Inspectors than ever before, his statement is ludicrous, given that P.M. Harper gutted the inspection process by firing so many inspectors across Canada.

Further, the failure to inspect and impose stricter regulations in the food processing plants and Factory Farms across Canada has resulted in the horrific and totally preventable deaths of thousands of Factor Farm animals in this country.  Once again the Canadian Government needs to be congratulated for inadequate and antiquated Federal Legislation, which protects an industry that continues to perpetuate the horrific treatment of these animals.

So, if anyone thinks that the Horse Slaughter Industry is being properly monitored and regulated here in Canada…THINK AGAIN!!!

Dirty little secret: Canada’s slaughter industry under fire


Horse Slaughter in Canada!


Ever since the U.S banned horse slaughter for human consumption in 2006, the industry headed north to Canada.

This documentary by CBC exposes the gruesome methods used to put the horses down…

SIGN PETITION TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER IN CANADA!- http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/end-horse-slaughter-in-canada-now.html




“FACTORY-FARM BARN FIRES FILL OVER 23,000 ANIMALS IN FOUR DAYS” From Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA), Vancouver, B.C., July 26, 2011


‘Factory-barn fires are preventable – but they continue to occur because, in order to cut costs, they are highly automated with insufficient human maintenance and oversight.  This in spite of the fact that the toxic air from the waste of thousands of animals doesn’t only corrode the lungs of the confined animals – it also corrodes electrical wires and raises the likelihood of fire.  Furthermore, these animal death camps often lack either smoke sensors orsprinkler systems.  In this fire-trap situation, with many of the animals confined to metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, for animals to escape from the inferno is virtually impossible.”



Jan 7, 2011:   20,000 rabbits and 4,000 piglets burn alive

Jan 22,2011:  70 diary cows burn alive

Mar 5, 2011:   300 pigs burn alive

Mar 18, 2011:  125 beef cattle burn alive


Jan 24, 2011:   35 cattle burn alive

July 24, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive

July 25, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive


Feb 26, 2011:  7,000 turkeys burn alive


Mar 23, 2011:   16,000 chickens burn alive

May 21, 2011:   4,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:    12,000 chickens burn alive

July 22, 2011:  12,000 chickens burn alive


Mar 31,2011:   2,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:   30,000 hens burn alive

July 24, 2011:   600 pigs burn alive

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