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…

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Primer: the Last Part (possibly)

Next question:

All right…so if all of this is true, what is the CFIA doing about it?  I have cousins in Europe and they’ve told me that there was a spot in the news that the EC (European Commission) put out a not-so-favourable report on Canada’s handling of food animals, especially pigs and horses:  what’s the story there?

Before I answer this question, I do want to caution readers that the government’s (that is, any government’s) private password for “we can’t legally fine, admonish or shut you down, but really this is borderline below-standard” is the word, “adequate”.  I’m not making this up; I did work in our nation’s capital for a short time, and, needless to say, I learned a lot.  “Adequate” saves a government agency from taking action which might give some bigshots’ or lobbyists’ heartburn, and/or might affect the economy in negative ways.  This is what you might call a circumspect view, an all-things-considered, all-things-being-equal position, not unlike the notwithstanding clause in the Meech Accord, or like last year’s redundant declaration by the federal government that ‘Quebec is a nation in its own right’ (as if we didn’t know that)…but I digress.

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Animals Angels’ Light Up the Sky

Every year, Animals’-Angels USA holds a vigil by candle light that lights up the sky with the love of humans for animals.  Let me put that another way:  lights up the sky with the love we hold for the others we share this planet with.  I sent a very, very personal missive to AA last year about the horses I grew up with…horses whose very presence lightened a childhood and adolescence fraught with, well, personal and family contradictions I agonized over.  I wasn’t much different from people my age, some of whom knew worse, I’m sure.

Here I offer words I wrote when the CHDC held a Memorial when the Norval Slaughterhouse in Ontario was finally and permanently shut down; the Memorial was held on May 1, 2011 (I posted on that somewhere; look thru my Horse posts).  These slaughtered equines–horses, minis, donkeys, mules and burros–were all owned equines whose service to us went unthanked, ultimately unappreciated to the point of not mere death, but a peculiarly human-engineered death…that of the terror of transport away from safety and love and human kindness to the cruel, unfeeling pathology of the abattoir.  AA’s Vigil is on December 10th of this year:  send your personal tribute to the animal(s) of your choice now.  Herman Melville said:  ‘Silence is the voice of God’…maybe so, but He can see alright, and our candles will be a beacon of love He can hardly miss.

And so I wrote to, and for, the horses who passed through Cerberus at the Norval Horse Slaughterhouse…

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The CFIA Hedges its Bets on Our Health (Revised)

You have to wonder what the CFIA did before now.

 

UPDATE: In answer to that question, Roxanne (whose comment appears below) supplied the answer. Her remarks are laden with useful information which puts this post in a new light…so I have inserted her comment here. And pls read her comments below as well. (In fact, I may completely rewrite this post at a later date.)

Roxanne:

The CFIA is only 10 years old. Canada Border Services is only 8 years old. Prior to that there were several different agencies responsible for several different things at the border. Canada had international agreements with the United States where the U.S. was supposed to inspect loads of slaughter horses BEFORE they crossed the border and then because of both our laws, mutual agreements, and the risk of spreading disease, these loads were to remain sealed until they reached their destination.Obviously, we know that wasn’t a good policy, but it was like that for 50 or so years. Regulations, especially ones made in conjunction with other countries can’t just be changed overnight. So while everyone was raising h+%#, without knowing WHY things were the way they were, and the steps that needed to be taken to change laws, others were quietly going about their business and changing the regulations, And don’t forget you need staff to do all this and that only certain crossings could be designated because there are only facilities to unload horses at certain crossings. They do not inspect horses for drug residue ante-mortem. It is done post mortem.

 

[What follows is my original post from November 2011.]

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Born to Be Hurt

Born to Be Hurt

It’s a line from the 1950s movie,  Imitation of Life, starring glorious Lana Turner.  Annie says this of her daughter, Sara Jean, who cannot accept that she is of mixed race, denies her Afro-American mother (Annie), and follows a self-destructive path until Annie, her mother, dies…much too soon and much too young.  “How,” Annie asks Lana, who plays a celebrated actress in the movie, “…how do you tell your own child that she was born to be hurt?”  

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