Canada: SPCA explains why seized horses sent to auction


(Note – This “SPCA is NOT part of the ASPCA located in the US. The ASPCA is an independent nonprofit and not associated with any other “SPCA” on any local level here or in Canada.), Mia Sosiak and Tamara Elliott Global News, April 10, 2013

Horses are sold at a livestock auction in High River, Alberta. Global News

Horses are sold at a livestock auction in High River, Alberta. Global News

CALGARY- The Alberta SPCA is explaining why dozens of seized horses were sent to a recent livestock auction in High River, causing outrage.

The organization seized nearly 60 starving horses from a farm near Lethbridge back in January, and some were so sick or aggressive that they had to be euthanized. 29 were sent to foster farms where they racked up $10,000 in medical and feed bills.

The SPCA then offered the animals up at an auction in early April—and potential buyers included those looking to sell horse meat.

“I think it’s horrendous that this is happening today, that we haven’t had an emergency adopt-a-thon of these horses,” complains horse enthusiast Keely Dobbyn. “I know lots of people that would go out and try and rescue these animals, and instead this is the easy way out.”

“Some people could come back to us and say ‘why didn’t you give me the chance to get this horse?’ If it goes to auction, then everyone who attends the auction has the ability to bid on the horse,” explains Roland Lines, communications manager for the Alberta SPCA. “[Horses] are part of the livestock industry, so the possibility of horses going for meat is certainly there. As an agency, we don’t take a preference one way or another.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Daryl

    Don’t you think you should , you are suppose to take care of these animals that does not mean sell them for meat….what a racket you are running. Some one needs to look more closely at your operation. We are to help life not promote death by slaughter, wake up.
    this is america act like it….you make me sick.

    April 10, 2013
  • Marcia

    I should think that would destroy faith in SPCA.

    April 10, 2013
  • Dana

    So the Canadian SPCA views horses as livestock so selling at auction to potential meat buyers does not matter to them either way? Is it not the SPCA’s sole purpose to prevent animal abuse? Are they not familiar with the cycle of abuse a horse will go thru while being shipped, held and eventually rendered? I am aware that there are horse meat consumers in Canada but is it a big enough scale that the SPCA would still consider kill buyers an option? Ridiculous and outrageous!

    April 10, 2013
  • Laurel

    (Quoted) “A livestock dealer who purchased 15 of them confirmed that he will sell at least seven of them to a kill plant in Fort Macleod.” ..So, they spent $10,000 to fatten them up for slaughter!
    I think the Alberta *SPCA* has forgotten what their name means. There is little more cruel than the equine slaughter pipeline.

    April 10, 2013
  • Leilani Clark the possibility of horses going for meat is certainly there. As an agency, we don’t take a preference one way or another.”

    Great people. Really gave it their all. Why didn’t they just leave them to die; the end would have been the same.

    Canada: tar sands, clubbing seals, etc…..

    April 10, 2013
  • Daryl

    J no it was not meant for you at all, I did not know about the 2 spca’s so the good one sorry for my comment, glad you brought it to my attention.

    April 10, 2013
  • Lorrie

    Where did the SPCA get their funds to fatten up the seized, rescued, starved horses to send them to slaughter? Donations? The funds from the auctions for the fattened up horses is the SPCA going to reimburse the people that donated money, food, vet care, etc?????? At least the auction in the US of the 50+ seized Mules NO kill buyers were allowed!

    April 11, 2013
  • Wendy Taylor

    Today I am ashamed to be an Albertan. I will contacting the SPCA to voice my concern over their cruel treatment of these poor animals. Contact information for the Alberta SPCA is:, or 1-800-455-9003.

    Core values for this organization are below:
    Our Core Values

    We respect the intrinsic value of the animals, persons and organizations with whom we interact. We strive to demonstrate respect in all our actions.


    We show compassion when dealing with animals and people in distress.


    We work cooperatively in a spirit of collaboration with individuals and organizations to protect, promote and enhance the well being of animals.


    We recognize the responsibility of humans to ensure the well being of animals in their care and to protect all animals from distress.


    We are stewards of the reputation and resources of the Alberta SPCA. We strive to balance available resources with realistic outcomes for the animals we attend.


    We are progressive, seeking innovative ways to promote and improve the well being of animals.


    We demonstrate trustworthiness by honouring our commitments and developing our competencies. We conduct ourselves with integrity when dealing with animals, people and organizations.

    Our Core Beliefs
    We believe
    All animals should have their basic needs met which includes:
    Freedom from thirst and hunger
    Freedom from discomfort
    Freedom from pain, injury and disease
    Freedom to express normal behaviour
    Freedom from distress
    That individuals have an ethical, moral and legal duty to care for animals.
    That standards of animal care should be based on sound science and societal values.
    People and animals are interdependent.
    People who mistreat or neglect animals must be held accountable.
    In providing leadership in the humane care and protection of animals.
    Our decisions should be based on the best available knowledge, which we gather by study, research, investigation, observation or experience.
    That humane education fosters empathy and respect for all living things.
    In developing and delivering methods of education and communication that increases people’s understanding of their responsibility for the welfare of animals.
    Educating animal owners of their responsibility for the health and wellness of animals is an effective means to prevent animal cruelty and neglect.
    Legislation in the form of the Animal Protection Act is intended to protect animals in the province of Alberta from abuse or neglect.
    In ongoing review and the continuous improvement of animal welfare legislation that reflects evolving beliefs about the value of animals within our society.

    April 11, 2013
    • sherriey

      this says it all….they are close to our ASPCA in what they are SUPPOSE to do….right?
      so why?

      April 11, 2013
  • I think it is disgusting that the Alberta SPCA sent those horses to auction. I wouldn’t believe it from anyone but you Jerry, it is the truth. I hate being Canadian, in situations like this.

    April 11, 2013