Rescue & Welfare

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In the nine years that Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue of Hagersville, Ontario has been in operation, owner Brenda Thompson has taken in over 200 horses, giving them a second chance at a better life. A former OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) agent, Thompson realized that she could do more by opening an equine rescue facility when she left the organization.

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There are gadgets and gismos used for countless applications when it comes to handling or training horses. Some are of the gentlest nature, others stem from a long history of proper horsemanship, and some still exist that maybe never served much purpose other than to inflict pain. Regardless of how we may personally feel about a certain training tool, there is one constant piece of equipment that is used in many different areas of the horse world: the chain.

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By Cpl E.A. Turco, RCMP Livestock Investigator - Your worst nightmare has come true. Your horse is missing. Calm down and breathe. First, has he gotten out of his enclosure and maybe just strayed?

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According to a BBC report, since the year 2000 some 230 horses, mules and oxen have died from exhaustion during the weeklong festivities and many more have suffered serious injuries. In 2008, fatalities peaked at 25 animals drawing the ire of animal welfare charities when people stepped up to the plate to raise awareness. In 2014 a dead horse was abandoned on the side of the pilgrims’ route.

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Would a market for horsemeat reduce a welfare crisis? Should restaurants offer lukba on the menu? What about basashi? Or sauerbraten? And what about the celebrated French dish countrefilet? Other dishes they could offer might be kazy, umido, charqui, or sate jaran.

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A Legal Industry Surrounded by Controversy - Horse slaughter frequently, and understandably, triggers emotional responses and it has been the focus of many claims and petitions against the practice by various animal activist groups. The purpose of this feature has been to provide a broader understanding of the horsemeat industry from both a global and a Canadian perspective.

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Many ex-racehorses are finding second careers once their racing days are over, thanks to the ever increasing awareness of what these multi-talented athletes can do off the track. As a result of this growing movement to retrain the racehorse, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses have successfully been transitioning from the track to a new lifestyle as sport horses, show horses or all-around pleasure mounts.