Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

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August 29th is an International Day of action against the live export trade. It marks the 20th anniversary of the biggest disaster in live export, when 67,488 sheep drowned or burned to death when the shipping vessel MV Uniceb burst into flames.

Animals are not freight. Suffering is inherent in all long distance transport, and it is time for governments to ban live exports.

Canada’s animal transportation laws are the worst in the developed world. In Canada it is legal to transport cows for up to 52 hours without food, water or rest. Other animals such as pigs, horses and chickens can be transported wihout food, water or rest for up to 36 hours.

In Calgary, we will be focusing on the approximately 7000 horses that are exported from Calgary to Japan each year. This gruelling journey from feedlot to Japan takes approximately 30 hours if…

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