Chambers of Carnage
A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada's Leading Equine Slaughterhouses
In late February 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) received hidden camera footage of horse slaughter practices at Viande Richelieu in Quebec and Bouvry Exports in Alberta - the latter known as the largest exporter of horsemeat in North America. The CHDC has compelling proof that puts into question the effectiveness of the assembly-line slaughter of horses. The evidence demonstrates that both the facilities in Alberta and Quebec fail to meet humane slaughter standards used by the CFIA to audit Canadian slaughterhouses.
To view compilations of the footage obtained, please click on the YouTube links below.
WARNING: Content is very graphic and could be disturbing to some viewers.
Bouvry Part I of III
Bouvry Part II of III
Bouvry Part III of III
Richelieu Part I of III
Richelieu Part II of III
Richelieu Part III of III
As of April 9th and 10th, 2010, YouTube has removed the links to our horse slaughter footage. (Viewers can still access that footage on another site simply by clicking on the links above.) There have been tens of thousands of hits on these videos since they were originally posted, which leads us to wonder: could YouTube be caving to industry pressure? These segments include very disturbing footage, including that of a worker being kicked by a horse who had been improperly stunned, then suspended. Her suffering as she hangs upside down, attempting to right herself, is clearly intense and prolonged. This segment also illustrates the dangerous nature of a job that involves the assembly-line slaughter of horses.
Link to Photo Slideshow
Photo stills on Flickr
For footage indexes, report and photo stills, click links below:
Watch Global TV coverage here. Go to 32:25 for horse slaughter story airing on April 7, 2010.