Canadian Horse Slaughterhouse Closes

A horse slaughterhouse in Quebec closed its doors this past week. The Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) slaughterhouse shut its doors as a result of the new European Union regulations requiring all horses slaughtered for human consumption be held for 180 days prior to slaughter.

The regulations, which came into effect on March 1, 2017, are finally being enforced. Horses destined for slaughter must be kept in a feedlot for six months and strictly controlled.

Horses from the United States were often purchased and shipped overnight to the Canadian slaughterhouse for processing the next day, ignoring the possibility of highly toxic medications and dangerous health conditions of the animal.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) must provide certificates before horsemeat can be exported. Those certificates will only be issued after the horses have been held in a secure feedlot for six months.

While Mexican slaughterhouses no longer sell to the EU, the number of horses being slaughtered in Mexico has stayed the same. It is believed that the horsemeat is being funneled through other countries, relabeled and sold back into the EU.

  • Tricia Hamilton

    About fucking time. All they do is kill animals for money. Train them for a real job for God’s Sake.

    April 22, 2017

    Wonderful news, I am so very happy and thank everyone for their support.

    April 22, 2017
  • Tanya Nutting

    AWESOME! Big sigh of relief

    April 22, 2017
  • AnnaSue Marczynski

    No slaughterhouse is good, by any stretch of the imagination. I do have to be sad that it wasn’t in Mexico. Canada has regulations, Mexico doesn’t give a damn.

    April 22, 2017