EXPOSED: Live Horse Exports to Japan Covered on CTV W5

CTV’s investigative affairs show W5 aired a program on February 27 exposing the horrors of Canada’s shameful and secretive live horse export trade. The horse meat industry ships thousands of gentle draft horses to Japan each year from airports in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton. The horses are slaughtered for their meat, which is eaten raw... Read more » Animal Justice
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Minister of Agriculture Admits Government Isn’t Enforcing Horse Protection Laws

Every year in Canada, thousands of draft horses are exported by air to Japan, where they will be slaughtered for meat. Draft horses are by nature large. When horses of this size are packed together in small crates, they are unable to stand properly or catch their balance if they fall. If they go down during flight, a common occurrence recognized by the CFIA, they are unable to get back up. Aggressive behaviours are also heightened when horses are confined and under high stress, making injuries far more likely.

Canadian law requires every horse over 14 hands in height to be segregated from all other animals during transport by air, and able to stand in a natural position without coming into contact with the roof. Draft horses are always over 14 hands in height. Despite being a clear violation of federal law, for many years, draft horses have been transported by air in crates of three to four with inadequate head room, exposing them to enormous suffering. This has been …

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