Shaming the Devil
Tell the truth and shame the devil! Does anyone remember that old chestnut? That’s exactly what Sonja Meadows does in the attached video. The video (also on Youtube) was produced by Animals-Angels USA and was intended for general audiences, although some viewers have already alerted me that it is, in fact, disturbing…towards the end, just a little bit, not very but enough to make one cringe, etc. Les images sont peu perturbantes mais les ames sensibles sont averties. Remember that, according to the USDA’s own figures, nearly 92 per cent of horses sent to Canada for slaughter are young and healthy. What a waste when these horses could be recycled into the live horse industry–a vibrant and thriving industry here in Quebec…
Visit Filiere du Cheval for Quebec statistics on just how our live horse industry contributes to the economy, through primary, secondary, and tertiary industries (hippotherapy, equine art, etc). The Filiere (an arm of MAPAQ) promotes an excellent policy of expanding knowledge, familiarity, and experience of, horses as (one) part of la patrie’s history, and (two), as a significant way of bringing the environment to (especially) urbanites’ and children’s attention.
The following is quoted from the Filiere’s Manifesto:
En conclusion, le cheval exerce une influence certaine sur le
« vrai monde », la famille et les enfants. Il a un effet sur la
santé, il favorise le contact avec la nature, il embellit la vie à
la campagne et il participe au développement de la ruralité.
En somme, le cheval se marie bien avec les exigences
modernes de la vie en société. Plusieurs ministères, les
commissions scolaires, les municipalités et les MRC devraient
donc voir en lui un allié, un outil de plus pour réaliser leurs
So…the horse “exercises a sure and certain influence on the man on the street, his family, and his children”; “the horse has an effect on health, promotes contact with nature and the environment; enhances country life, and is a part of the furtherance (development) of rural life.” Hey, I should be that productive and useful to society! (I can barely keep up with the composting!)
Our Quebec horse industry boasts returns of $521 million; now, if they’d just revisit the wisdom of including the paltry sum of $1.91 million brought in by horse slaughter in Quebec, we could applaud the economics more wholeheartedly. What robs us of complete and utter enthusiasm is the fact that the two horse abattoirs in Quebec, les Viandes Richelieu in Massueville, QC, and La Petite Nation in St-Andre-Avellin export horsemeat abroad…which means that Quebec and Canada are selling toxic meat to foreign countries…and (wait, I’m not finished)…and condemns our slaughter methods of 1000 lb prey/flight mammals as being grossly incompetent. I don’t know…est-ce que le Quebec sait vivre ou non ?