Horse Slaughter in Canada and How We Can Affect Change

Dr. Bettina Bobsien, DVM, BC Veterinarian

Horse Slaughter in Canada has received much negative press in the past decade, in particular with undercover footage of slaughter house conditions released by The Horse Defense Coalition in 2010 and 2011. In spite of this there is limited information available to animal welfare advocates, veterinarians and horse owners about the numbers of horses subjected to slaughter, the process of transport and feedlotting, and the sources of horses ending up in the processing stream. Welfare concerns surrounding long transportation times, conditions of transport, mandatory holding times in feedlots, and the actual slaughter process will be addressed. There will be emphasis on affecting change within the horse industry to reduce the number of horses subjected to slaughter and consideration of more humane alternatives.

Key Learnings:
1. The number of horses subjected to, or raised for, slaughter in Canada
2. How these horses are transported, processed, and held in feedlots
3. How we may influence the horse industry to reduce the number of horses subjected to slaughter and to adopt more humane alternatives


Dr. Bettina Bobsien
Dr. Bettina Bobsien of British Columbia is a veterinarian with over 25 years of experience in practice. She is an Equine Diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, has a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) and is a Canadian Veterinary Reserve member. Since 2010, she has worked closely with the BC SPCA on farm animal welfare issues, and was a member of the committee that drafted the current Equine Code of Practice.