Actress Bo Derek: Weak Canadian laws fail horses while "dirty little secret" means 100,000 could go to slaughter here

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Noted actress Bo Derek the need to modernize
and toughen Canadian laws in the face of prominent cruelty cases and an
impending American ban on horse slaughter that means that 100,000 horses could
be killed here in the next year.
    Politicians have failed to modernize Canada's 115-year-old animal cruelty
laws despite the fact that it has been eight years since new legislation was
first tabled. There is no law specifically protecting wild horses here though
the US has offered legal protection for its wild horses since 1971.
    The closure of major American slaughter operations in the face of an
impending ban has meant an over 40% increase in the number of horses crossing
the border to be slaughtered in Canada.
    "I was surprised to discover that Canada has cruelty laws that were
written a century ago, that there is no protection at all here for wild horses
and that 300 horses a day could face death in a trade most Canadians would
want no part of," said Bo Derek. Ms. Derek added, "An opinion survey conducted
showed the majority of Canadians opposed to horse slaughter and I believe that
it is only a matter of making Canadians aware of what's going on to end these
    Ms Derek and Sinikka Crosland of the CHDC will be available in Vancouver
to comment to the media on the launch of the CHDC's campaign to increase
protection for Canada's horses during the day on Monday.

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