Illegal Cruelty to Horses Being Shipped to Japan for Slaughter
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 well-documented by activists, through access to information documents and covertly obtained footage.
Now, the Minister of Agriculture has admitted that current regulations are not being enforced. According to the Minister, exporting groups of larger breeds of horses by air was “not foreseen” when the regulations were put in place. Therefore, the CFIA has created an policy to opt itself out of enforcing the regulations.
But in Canada, the law is the law, and it cannot be superseded by agency policies.