Activists shouted, waved placards as their Premier attended Year of the Horse celebrations in Chinatown. The fight to stop Canadian horse culling (capture and killing of wild horses) goes on. ~ HfH
From: CBC News
A group of animal rights protesters tried to catch up with the premier while she attended a celebration to mark the Year of the Horse in Calgary’s Chinatown last night.
Activist Mona Jorgensen said it was an ironic visit given that the provincial government issued 200 permits to cull wild horses this year in Alberta.
“We’re hoping that we can grab Premier Redford’s attention and make her understand that she should put a stop to this and listen to some alternative solutions,” said Jorgensen.
“We’d like to save the horses. We understand the committee that was put together has some conflicting information as far as the count.”
The province estimates there are 980 wild horses near Sundre based on an aerial survey done before the June floods and this year’s harsh winter. That number is up from 853 the year before.
But Jorgensen said private aerial surveys of the wild horse population don’t match up with the province’s numbers.
And she believes contraceptives, rather than a cull, could be used to control the population.
Jorgensen said the culled horses would most likely end up in slaughterhouses.