Canada is shipping horses to Japan for slaughter and people are furious
Most people are unaware that Canada is shipping wild horses to countries like Japan and South Korea for slaughter, but the situation has infuriated animal rights activists for years.
Canadians may expect our country to export maple syrup, or Ryan Reynolds souvenirs.
Horse meat generally doesn't come to mind.
And yet, Canada is one of the biggest suppliers of horse meat in the world; the industry is worth millions of dollars, thriving on the export of tens of thousands of equines to Asia (and some European countries) each year.
#horses are inhumanely transported to Japan to be slaughtered for HUMAN consumption. International regulations are being broken. #chdc is appealing - lawsuit against #candian government. Learn how YOU can help #banhorseslaughter #vegan @jannarden ==> https://t.co/b4OuwXw6Fi<== pic.twitter.com/P5OYOjidVj— CHDC (@defendhorsescan) January 4, 2020
Most of the horses are raised in Alberta, where they will be slaughtered for meat before they're exported; others are shipped live on long-haul flights to Japan, where consumers enjoy the meat as a raw delicacy.
It's the live shipment aspect that the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition (CHDC) is focusing its efforts on.
In 2019, the non-profit organization took the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to federal court over violations of animal welfare regulations on the flights.
The horses were crammed together in a crate without adequate headroom during transport, according to the group.
Canadians have the worst animal welfare laws of the G7. What a joke. Agriculture has taken on a sinister twist in this country when it comes to Live Export, and domestic transportation of animals for human consumption. It's sickening. https://t.co/TnnUPTF0ew— jann arden (@jannarden) September 18, 2020
Recently, animal welfare advocates have renewed their efforts to ensure that horses are treated humanly during the 20+ hour-long flights.
Others are advocating for the exports to be stopped altogether.
"Canada is shipping live young (average age 18 months) draft horses to Japan for slaughter," one person wrote. "This practice is beyond cruel."
"We have a horse meat industry???" another person wrote. "Humans are gross."
Does that also include shipping live #Horses to #Japan in small crates from #YYC Airport? 🤔🗣🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🤫✈️🇯🇵🔒Do they get at least one last drink of water? 💧https://t.co/1mpSmvr6Tm pic.twitter.com/5vNLtRmnQK— CARE Ⓥ🌱🐖🐂🐓 (@carecgy) February 23, 2020
The CFIA said in the court filing that the CHDC's lawsuit is based on "cultural norms" and a subjective interpretation of what is (and isn't) an appropriate food animal.
The agency added that the "inevitable reality" is that their role is to determine whether the horses are healthy for export and are being transported safely, which they claim they are.
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