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Equine Biosecurity

Putting preventive measures in place to keep animals healthy has been a long-standing and successful practice on Canadian farms. Biosecurity planning helps to ensure that practices routinely carried out on your farm are beneficial to animal health. Best practices in disease prevention include a combination of following a vaccination plan and taking biosecurity preventative measures […]

Barn Fires Involving Livestock Facts for First Responders

Barn fires are one of the more challenging structure fires for first responders. Barns are highly flammable buildings that are often filled with highly combustible items. These structures go up quickly and burn fast. The vast majority of barn fires occur late at night or early morning hours, often going undetected until flames are showing. […]

Horse Events: Biosecurity Guidelines for Organizers and Competitors

An outbreak of an infectious disease during or subsequent to an equine event has the potential to significantly impact the horse industry through loss of horse health and potentially life, loss of performance ability of individual horses, cancellation of events during disease outbreaks, increased veterinary costs, cleanup costs and emotional stress. The information on this […]

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

The Codes of Practice are developed nationally as guidelines for the care and handling of the different species of farm animals. They are intended to promote sound management and welfare practices through recommendations and requirements for housing, management, transportation, processing and other animal husbandry practices. Requirements refer to either a regulatory requirement, or an industry imposed […]

Horses Are Livestock

Congress Passes Bill Defining Horses as Livestock AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL DEC 14, 2018 … Congress clarifies that horses are not “pets” and advances landmark livestock health measures. As the countdown to close the 115th Congress heads to the final stretch, on Wednesday, December 12, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), sending […]

Animal Welfare and Horse Processing Fact Sheet

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada answers questions about horse processing and animal welfare. Horses must be treated humanely and with dignity throughout their life. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law. In Canada, horses are generally not considered as food animals. However, horses are humanely euthanized in Canada for human […]

Transporting Your Horse

Resources and training courses for horse owners and caregivers Federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Transporting Horses in Canada: Is that animal fit for the trip? Livestock Transport Requirements in Canada Your responsibility (brochure) Transportation of Animals Program, Compromised Animals Policy Alberta The Livestock Identification and Commerce Act (LICA) governs the transportation of horses both […]

Recommended Handling Guidelines and Animal Welfare Assessment Tool for Horses

Providing consistent animal welfare standards for horses at processing The Recommended Handling Guidelines and Animal Welfare Assessment Tool for horses provides comprehensive, consistent animal welfare standards for the handling of horses at processing. The resources are intended to be utilized for third party audits and by the horse processing industry for guidance, education and in-house […]

Horse Welfare at Processing Plants in Canada

Industry statement HWAC places the highest priority on the well-being of horses and the humane handling of horses across the Canadian horse industry. The allegations made by the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition give us considerable concern, we encourage and trust that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will look into this matter as it does for […]

Minimizing Stress During Horse Transportation

By Jennifer Woods Most people do not realize how stressful transportation can be for even the most seasoned traveling equine. The possible affects of stress on horses during transport include colic, diarrhea, laminitis, shipping fever, injury, performance impediment, weight loss, dehydration, disease or even death. Through awareness of the key transport stressors, horse owners and […]