Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec – The Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) slaughterhouse for horses has closed, at least temporarily, as regulations from the European Union destroy their ability to acquire the mass numbers of horses from the United States needed to turn a profit. The slaughterhouse was featured in the 2011 Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s investigation Pasture to Plate.
The plant closed in response to the EU directive that all horses being slaughtered must have been held at a feedlot in Canada for 6 months prior to slaughter. “The company is not bankrupt,” Denis Ferrer of LPN told reporters. “The new Canadian regulations and the fact that we can no longer slaughter American horses are some of the factors that caused us to close. It is a combination of circumstances.” 60 workers have been laid off.
Horse welfare advocates worry that with Canadian slaughterhouses closing, more horses will ship to Mexico, where the slaughter process is less regulated, and the treatment of animals is fraught with abuse and mistreatment.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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