16×9 investigation: Canada’s horse slaughter industry under fire

Mindy Lovell

What goes on in Canada also happens in Mexico, only twice as bad. It almost happened again in the United States. No true inspections, forged reports, lies, and a lot of blood – all to deliver tainted and often poison horsemeat to Europe. ~ HfH

From: Global News Canada
By: Brennan Leffler, Megan Rowney and Sean O’Shea

Mindy Lovell

Mindy Lovell

Canada’s food safety system has been under fire ever since a listeriosis outbreak that killed 23 people in 2008 and an E. coli contamination in 2012 that led to the largest meat recall in Canadian history.

In January, those incidents and others led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give Canada its lowest grade for meat-exporting countries.

But in the shadow of those well-publicized scandals, critics are questioning the safety and oversight of another, lesser-known Canadian export: horse meat.

“When they’re born, nobody is breeding these horses thinking that at the end of the day they’re going to head to slaughter,” says Mindy Lovell.

Lovell has spent all her life around horses. These days, she spends much of her time rescuing them from Canada’s slaughter pipeline. Canada has one of the largest horse slaughter industries in the world, slaughtering between 70,000 and 115,000 horses every year for the last six years.

But Lovell says most of those horses are contaminated with veterinary drugs, many of which are banned by Health Canada for human consumption.

“99.99 per cent of all horses, donkeys, mules, whatever, have been on these substances at some point in their life,” she says. “It is such a common knowledge, I mean, you can’t even plead ignorance.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robynne Catheron

    It’s pretty evident that most foreign consumers have no clue they’re eating toxic meat, why would they? Who’s going to tell them? Certainly not the unscrupulous buyers who import it to their own countries. Obviously it’s not the EU, even though they’ve known for years that American horse meat is tainted. Maybe folks who eat it just don’t care about themselves or anyone else, just like stupid Americans who eat it. I’d love to see their medical files down the road, chances are their list of ailments is growing.

    March 6, 2014
  • Callie83

    Henry was a guest on this radio show in 2009:


    He was interviewed by John Holland. It is too long that we have been failing at getting this shut down.

    March 6, 2014
  • Sue

    I thought HfH members might be interested in the response I received from my Federal House of Representatives member regarding the round up of wild horses:

    Thank you for writing to express your concerns regarding the manner in which the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is managing its Wild Horse and Burro Program. I have asked my staff to look into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2013 research report and the committee’s recommendations on methods to improve the program.

    In the meantime, my office has reached out to the BLM to inquire as to whether or not it will be revising its program and adopting any NAS report recommendations. Thank you once more for sharing your concerns, and please continue to do so in the future. To follow what I am doing to represent you at home and in Washington, D.C., visit http://www.yoho.house.gov to sign up for my e-newsletter.

    Ted S. Yoho
    Member of Congress
    Serving the 3rd District of Florida

    March 6, 2014
  • Margaret

    I sure we are able to see this in its entirety. I hope it tells a concise story in a way no one can argue with.

    March 7, 2014
    • Callie1983

      The video is live and it can be seen on the Tuesday’s Horse blog at http://www.horsefund.org It is a link and the video is about 45 minutes long.

      March 9, 2014