Group Creates $5,000 Reward Program As Alberta Horse Cruelty Charges Laid

    EDMONTON, March 13 /CNW/ - With the news that cruelty charges have been
laid in the case of the starvation deaths of some 30 horses on a farm near
Andrew, Alberta, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) has announced the
creation of the Promise Fund. The Fund will offer a fixed C$ 5,000 reward for
information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cruelty
to horses.
    The Fund is named after Promise, a horse rescued from a feedlot after
suffering ongoing abuse.
    "We have received numerous reports of horse abuse from across the country
since the Alberta case was made public." said Sinikka Crosland, CHDC's
Executive Director. "Our hope is that a reward will help encourage people to
come forward and report cases of cruelty or neglect."
    The animal cruelty sections of the Canada's Criminal Code, drafted in
1892, provide amongst the weakest protections in the western world and most
cases are never formally made.
    "Some 30 horses died and another 100 suffered profound abuse and neglect
because the system was too weak and too slow to properly confront this
cruelty. It's high time that we strengthen the law and encourage people to
come forward," added Ms. Crosland.

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For further information: Sinikka Crosland, CHDC, (250) 768-4803, or go

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