TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC)
joined with prominent Canadian lawyer Clay Ruby to reveal repeated violations
of some 15 separate Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations at
Neudorf, Saskatchewan-based Natural Valley Farms.
The video presented showed violations from transportation regulations
(i.e. involving carrying pregnant mares, diseased horses and the use of
double-decker trailers), to handling (overcrowding, no provision of food and
water and abuse of animals) to the actual slaughter process (improper use of
stun equipment, no CFIA supervision),
"This video shows repeated violations of the government's own
regulations," said Clay Ruby. "This evidence should be of grave concern to all
Canadians concerned about animal welfare and human health."
The video was taken in April and May of 2008, and is a violation of both
long-standing CFIA regulations and promises associated with the Canada
Consumer Product Safety Act.
"This evidence clearly shows that the slaughter of horses is inherently
inhumane and we should join those in the United States who have banned the
practice," said Sinikka Crosland, CHDC's Executive Director. "It is also clear
that the CFIA and Government of Canada have to get their acts together and do
better to end the cruelty and health violations shown in the video."
CHDC representatives will be available for comment.
For further information:
For further information: video, materials or to schedule an interview,
please contact: Rob Sinclair, CHDC, (416) 890-5616