Unwanted horses become targets of kill buyers

At the top of the list for many children will be a pony and some of the lucky ones will actually receive one

To the Editor:

At the top of the list for many children will be a pony and some of the lucky ones will actually receive one. Many of these youngsters and their parents will spend the next years taking riding lessons, travelling to different events and collecting ribbons to decorate bedroom walls. However once off to college the horse that meant so much that special Christmas morning will become part of their past with no place in their  future, put away with all of the other  symbols of their youth. The parents then decide to sell the horse. If the horse is lucky they will be successful finding someone to love and take care of it, if the parents are unsuccessful the horse will be sent off to auction.

What most people do not know is that because of the high costs of taking care of a horse, and the troubled economy that 80 per cent plus of all horses that go through auction are purchased by kill buyers, people who buy horses at low prices and ship them to slaughter for profit. According to Agriculture Canada 87,030 horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2010, averaging 342 horses killed each work day.

The meat is mainly exported to Japan, France and Belgium.

Horses come to the slaughter house from various sources – ex race horses, event horses and the unwanted Christmas pony. Kill buyers in the U.S. are now shipping horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Horses are given many drugs during their lives, many of which are banned from entering the human food chain even if given even only once in its lifetime, yet the government allows slaughter and consumption of these horses based on a Equine Information Document or EID.  Obviously if someone has purchased horses at auction they do not know the health history of those horses, yet the Canadian government turns a blind eye on a document which states “to the best of my knowledge” selling meat with unknown quantities of drugs not allowed in other livestock  for human consumption.

M.P. Alex Atamanenko currently has a private members bill C-322 to ban horse meat for human consumption based on the banned drugs and loopholes in the EIDs.

If you want to help stop the slaughter of past Christmas ponies and childhood pets please write to your local M.P. and tell them to stand up against horse slaughter in Canada. To learn more go online research horse slaughter, view videos on Youtube.   Get involved; speak up for these beautiful creatures that deserve so much better than to end up on a plate beside the mashed potatoes in a foreign country. Surely that is NO child’s Christmas wish.

Theresa Nolet, Penticton

 

Just Posted

New way to connect with South Okanagan-Similkameen family physicians

Patients who do not currently have a primary care provider can add their name to a centralized list

Biggest First Nations cultural event in the South Okanagan returns

Third annual pow wow at the Penticton Indian Band is this weekend

Cross Canada horseback riding sisters trek through Cawston

Sister duo is raising money and awareness about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

South Okanagan Eagle Bluff wildfire classified as held

BC Wildfire crews will still work on Eagle Bluff blaze for some time

RDOS considers agreement with region in southern France

Benefits could include student exchanges, winemaker exchanges and marketing opportunities

Osoyoos woman who threatened mom and baby with butcher knife sentenced

Sharon Constance Forner pleaded guilty to one criminal charge and was sentenced

Cross-country Jeep tour to drive home donations for food bank

The Jeep Okanagan club will also raise donations at its Rally Through the Valley event in September

Concerns raised about crossing in Okanagan Falls

RDOS director says safety issues have been raised

Injured hiker rescued in Peachland

The woman fell while hiking Pincushion Mountain on Friday

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Car of missing Victoria pair found in Vernon

RCMP encourage people to call with information, not just post on social media

Families receive support from ‘Living Flag’ fundraisers

A young man and a boy who both live with limited mobility were supported by the Canada Day events

Haida artist to perform at George Ryga Festival in Summerland

Interweavings features music from Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Bill Henderson

Most Read