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The Canadian Horse Slaughter Industry

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Hindy Pearson

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In 2010, over 89,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada. Some were former race horses and breeding stock, others came from private homes, trail riding businesses and the Pregnant Mare Urine industry. With the closure of the last slaughter plant in the U.S., tens of thousands of horses are imported to Canada, for slaughter.

Horses experience severe psychological and physical suffering at slaughter, due to improper stunning and shooting practices. Serious welfare concerns also arise during loading and transport of horses, as well as at auctions and feedlots.

Hear from Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director of The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, and Theresa Nolet, horse rescuer, as they help us understand the Canadian horse slaughter industry, and what you and I can do to help.