Captain Paul Watson – Corey Knowlton – The Most Despicable Hominid Of The Week

May 23, 2015

Killing for the benefit of the animals???? That is like screwing for virginity…



Written by: Heather Clemenceau

Usually, I write my own text for a blog. But this time I feel that the message presented by Captain Paul Watson is so on-point and so precisely echoes what I am feeling now that I know that despite intense lobbying, Corey Knowlton has killed his Namibian black rhino. So I’m quoting Captain Watson’s excellent commentary directly. But before I do I want to say that there is absolutely no proof that hunting provides any positive conservation value nor does it enhance an ecosystem. Conservation success stories, like the Yellowstone National Park wolf recovery program, support the contention that ecosystems are highly complex and unpredictable by mankind. Hunting disrupts the natural equilibrium produced by nature when left to its own devices without interference from mankind.

Instead of true conservation, the hunting industry and conservation officials have an incestuous relationship where unacceptable practices are being enabled by…

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Marie Dean – Farewell to a great advocate for horses

April 20, 2015


Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

Marie2The CHDC is deeply saddened to inform everyone that Marie Dean passed away in her sleep in the early hours of Monday, April 20th from complications due to cancer.

The CHDC came to know Marie when we met her at an OSAS horse show several years ago.  Marie stood out right away as a true horse lover and protector.  She was fearless and tenacious in her dedication for our horses and we were most thankful to have her as a supporter and Board member.

Marie doing what she did best

Marie helped spearhead awareness and fund-raising efforts over the years and her enthusiasm for helping horses and all animals was felt by all her knew her.

Maries kids Marie’s kids

Here, in her own words from December 2013, Marie bravely wrote, “A Cancer Patient’s Wish

At this time, there is no announcement for a funeral service.  Meantime, if you’d like to express your condolences and share your…

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Important! Survey Participants Requested for Horse Welfare Study At Guelph University

March 21, 2015

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

SurveyThe University of Guelph is a public research university and veterinary school in Canada.  In this survey you are given the opportunity to offer your opinion on your own standards of horse care, changes you would like to see in the marketplace, and the type of governance that you see as beneficial to horse welfare in Canada. You must be a Canadian resident in order to participate.

Surveys such as these are important not only to help graduate students with their work, but to help formulate policy on horse welfare standards in Canada. There are several opportunities to add your own comments and a large free-form text field at the end to include any relevant paragraphs that you would like to add. You will have the opportunity to comment on horse slaughter as well.

From the Survey:

Industry views of the prevalence and perception of horse welfare issues in Canada

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New Advocate Against Horse Slaughter? Start Here….

March 21, 2015

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

16 159Overview and Brief History of Horse Slaughter in Canada (for newcomers to the advocacy movement)

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is a collective of people and national groups that have joined forces in order to ban the slaughter of equines for human consumption in Canada, as well as the export of live horses to other countries for the same purpose.  The slaughter industry is a predatory one;  from the time the horse is acquired by a “kill buyer,” he or she is “meat on the hoof” and is treated as a mere commodity.  Travel to slaughterhouses may take days without food or water, followed by an often painful and slow death by captive bolt or .22 rifle. The CHDC has reported, in four investigative reports conducted over several years, that rampant cruelty is endemic in Canadian horse slaughter plants.

Press Exclusive Dec 2012 Press Exclusive – Rescued from slaughter

In addition,  the horses that enter the…

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Important Action – Petition To The Government Of Canada Requesting Mandatory Risk Assessment For Animal Abuse

January 23, 2015

If you have a spare moment & love animals…please help


Two Children Teasing a Cat Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome)  Why do some people pull the wings off butterflies, toss firecrackers at cats, shoot the neighbors’ dogs with BB guns (or torture cats with crayfish)? The Dark Triad consists of three personality characteristics—narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.  You can see it in the painting. Look at the little girl’s smile as she watches the boy torture the car with a crayfish.   Two Children Teasing a Cat
Annibale Carracci
(Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome)
Why do some people pull the wings off butterflies, toss firecrackers at cats, shoot the neighbours’ dogs with BB guns (or torture cats with crayfish)? The Dark Triad consists of three personality characteristics—narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. You can see it in the painting. Look at the little girl’s smile as she watches the boy torture the cat with a crayfish.

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

Animal abuse is typically due to the inadequate protection of animals, along with social and cultural factors. Many psychologists and anthro-zoologists argue that animal cruelty is a good predictor of later violence against humans. Therefore, we must address the important psychological and social/cultural issues and make cruelty to animals target of intervention so that we can learn more about the etiology of human cruelty.

While animals deserve their own Bill of Rights, many crimes against…

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CHDC Supporter Outbids Kill Buyer to Save Percheron Mare At OLEX

January 21, 2015

Kill buyers will do anything to get your horses…do not send your horses to auction…the owner of this horse was in tears…

Horse Welfare 2014 – The Year In Review

December 27, 2014


2014 seasons greetings graphic

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

So we’re concluding the “Year of the Horse,” which technically ends on 02/18/2015, until the next YOTH, in 2026. Will we see the “end times” for horse slaughter before then? While on the subject of the Chinese zodiac, I’m reminded of the phrase “may you live in interesting times,” which according to Wikipedia, is an English expression purporting to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. The nearest related Chinese expression is “宁为太平犬,莫做乱世人” which conveys the sense that it is “better to live as a dog in an era of peace than a man (woman) in times of war.”

Each year spent fighting horse slaughter is proof enough that we live in a time of war – a constant struggle to maintain the de facto ban on domestic horse slaughter in the U.S. With the signing of the…

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From Movie Set To Dinner Plates? Heartland Horses Dispersed In Kill Buyer Attended Auctions

December 18, 2014

Heartland is a phony bullshit show….shame on Heartland for not caring about the horses that have made them all so rich…


Kevin Rushworth High River Times QMI Agency photo Photo – KEVIN RUSHWORTH HIGH RIVER TIMES/QMI AGENCY

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

John Scott has had a year of highs and lows – since starting into the movie business in 1969, he has balanced his own cattle, horse and buffalo ranch with work on Academy Award winning movies such as Unforgiven, Lord of the Rings, Legends of the Fall and Days of Heaven, along with other films and series such as Hell on Wheels, the 13th Warrior, Klondike Gold, and the family TV series Heartland. Earlier in 2014, he was awarded a 75th anniversary ATB Agriculture buckle (awarded to farmers and ranchers), and soon afterwards it was rather abruptly announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Horse-Canada magazine that he was no longer wrangler for the TV show Heartland.

The Heartland show is a series chronicling the highs and lows of ranch life and it is filmed in…

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The Abuse of Beeline Express

November 30, 2014

There is no reason to go to the whip…these horses know their jobs…so sad that the trainers do not…

Horseracing Wrongs

This past Friday at Gulfstream West, a 3-year-old named Beeline Express was raced for the fourth time this month. Worse, this horse has been put to the whip 12 times in the last 15 weeks. In defense, the apologists will cite her two seconds and a first, or simply assert that some horses thrive on frequent “work.” But it is what it is, and what it is is abuse. The responsible: trainer (and part owner) Walter Rosas-Canessa, owner Robert Levatino, the Gulfstream stewards, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, et al. Just in case some enterprising young lawyer in Florida’s AG Office is interested:

828.12 Cruelty to animals.—
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner…

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This Is Horse Slaughter In Canada

November 22, 2014

Horses are companion animals…not our food…


bouvry protest October 2013 protest at the Bouvry horse slaughter plant just outside of Fort Macleod, Alberta

Written by: Brian

I’m not sure which horse is haunting me the most. There was Jack. Big part draft gelding, 23 years old. Skinny as skinny, with large white saddle sore scars. Someone used him hard and threw him away.

Ginger was 26, from the same place as Jack. Friendly and gentle. She came to the fence to say hello.

The Percheron filly was a black beauty. After her trip to Alberta she might be one of the chosen ones to be shipped live from the Calgary airport. If she survives the trip (sometimes all the horses arrive dead), she’ll be slaughtered in Japan and served up raw as a high priced delicacy.

Twenty year old Copper won’t be as tender. He had some hard miles on him.

The dunn mare was in her prime…

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