2012 eNews

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) looks forward to receiving feedback from the interested parties on the proposal for a legislative framework for traceability.

Read the legislative framework here.

Comments need to be received by May 3 2012.

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a second survey to gain further stakeholder input as it revises Canada’s official Equine Code of Practice which serves as our national understanding of equine care requirements and recommended best practices.

NFACC is overseeing a multi-year project to renew the Codes of Practice for several farm animal species, including equine. Each species has a lead organization responsible for facilitating their individual Code’s development.  For equine, it’s Equine Canada.

The Equine Code of Practice will be scientifically informed, practical, and reflect societal expectations for farm animal care thanks to a Code Development Committee which brings together a broad range of expertise and industry knowledge. The Committee is also seeking stakeholder input through national surveys. This survey is the second to be conducted for equine.


Students at the University of Calgary faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) now have the use of three full-size horse simulators. According to a statement from UCVM, they are the only models of their kind in the world.aUCVM_equine_simulator

With added funding from Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC), the models now not only help students learn techniques such as rectal palpation and abdominal (belly) taps, but also a wide range of other procedures. Students practice on the simulators before moving on to live horses.


Thank you to www.meatingplace.com for giving Horse Industry Association of Alberta permisssion to reprint their article.

A company owned by a Wyoming state legislator is looking at opening a horse meat processing plant in south-central Missouri.

The company, United Equine, whose chief executive is Wyoming representative Sue Wallis, is studying a site near Mountain Grove, Missouri, for the plant, which would slaughter and process horses for human consumption. The company is currently conducting a feasibility study, Wallis told Meatingplace in an e-mail.

“That phase will probably take a couple of months, which if we find that it is a fit--so far all indications are good--we will move into an aggressive timeline to develop and implement a full business plan that (if everything goes right, and nothing goes wrong) would have us opening the doors and beginning operations around September,” she wrote.


By Dr. Jamie Rothenburger

The World Organization for Animal Health defines animal welfare as
“how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in good welfare if it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, and able to express innate behaviour, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear and distress.” Brideling_2

This definition provides for the basic husbandry that horse owners strive to achieve. Some horse training techniques used today result in pain, fear and distress in horses, which negatively impacts welfare. 

We have all seen the frustrated competitor punish their horse after a failed pattern long after the mistake was made. Most horse people I know want the alternative, a positive relationship with their horse, no matter if they are recreational riders or Olympic competitors. An enthusiastic horse that is easy to catch and willingly performs the desired behaviours in a graceful, free manner is the aspiration. 



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