What to do if your horse is stolen or goes missing

What to do if your horse is stolen or goes missing

If you Are in Western Canada, IMMEDIATELY call the Brand Inspector, Tim @ Bouvry Exports in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. (403) 634-5799

Tim inspects all loads of incoming slaughter horses at the plant.

Unbranded horses can be offloaded by anyone claiming ownership and will often be slaughtered the same day they are delivered.

CALL THE RCMP FILE A REPORT with livestock investigators.

* B.C contact Cory Lepine RCMP BC Livestock Division @ (250) 314-1800

* Alberta call Livestock Investigator Andrew Grainger @ (780) 509-3293

*Next call the brand inspectors in BC and AB (or your province).

*BC Brand Inspectors @ (250) 314-9686

*AB Brand Inspectors @ (403) 553-2844

Contact International Horse Registry with all pertinent information available so we can file an “Equine Alert”.

Please have pictures available if you are not already Registered with the I.H.R.




Picture Gifted to BC Horse Angels to Raise Awareness and Funds

Picture Gifted to BC Horse Angels to Raise Awareness and Funds


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Retired CFIA Veterinarian Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

Retired CFIA Veterinarian Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

Horse meat sold in Canadian Restaurants?


Link to articles describing study proving that horse meat ends up mixed in with other meats in the human food chain in North America.


Canada shipped over 5,000 horses, draft horses, to Japan last year for slaughter there.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition pictures and videos mentioned in recording above.



2 Pet Horses Stolen & Slaughtered for Human Consumption

2 Pet Horses Stolen & Slaughtered for Human Consumption

As you read this, we are sure you are going to want to help bring an end to horse slaughter in Canada.

1.  PLEASE consider taking a few minutes to contact your Member of Parliament and tell them that you want the slaughter laws relating to horses changed ASAP.


2.  PLEASE also consider leaving a comment on each of the sites/news stories listed below,

INCLUDING on the CTV Facebook page by clicking here.

3.  Sign the Petition included below.

4.  SHARE this post on your social media.


Unfortunately the Canadian government allows for the legal slaughter of horses for human consumption. Most Canadians upon learning this are generally first in shock, and then once they realize this to be true, they are disgusted.

One might assume that there would be protocols in place to check that horses delivered to be slaughtered are not stolen but unfortunately what this situation proves is that there are not adequate protocols in place.
This is not the first case of beloved family pets, perfectly healthy, sound and loved horses being stolen and slaughtered in government approved plants, and unfortunately unless laws are changed this will not be the last.
These horses like many others were delivered and documents signed by those who stole them, the claims on the documents were not checked. Again, protocols are not in place, there is not a holding period after delivery, horses are simply sent straight to slaughter.
Additionally plants are private property and without a warrant the RCMP and other law enforcement may not be permitted to inspect the premises, so even if you suspect that your horse has been delivered, by the time a warrant is issued, it may be too late.
Many Canadians live within a days drive of a horse slaughter plant. Any of us could go to bed and wake up to find that a fence had been cut in the middle of the night, horses loaded and before we could do anything about it, our horses could be slaughtered.
What can we do to facilitate a change – to prevent this from happening in the future?
Contact your Member of Parliament, take a moment and pick up the phone and call them and tell them that you want to see the slaughter of horses banned in Canada the same way the United States has banned slaughter.

Share this post on social media, and ask your friends to call their Member of Parliament and to share this post as well.



From the Calgary Herald:

Kathy O’Reilly says she still feels numb after learning from RCMP Monday that her two beloved horses, reported missing over the weekend, were stolen, shipped to a nearby slaughterhouse and destroyed.

O’Reilly, a former Medicine Hat resident who now lives on Vancouver Island, was contacted around mid-April and informed she would have to move her Arabian-bred horses, Cocao and Bella, to a new facility.

But when her daughter got to the property in Stirling on Saturday, about 250 km southeast of Calgary, to pick up the horses and move them to a new facility near Waterton Lakes, she was told they had been taken to the Picture Butte auction market. After further inquiries, O’Reilly said she found out her two horses had actually been taken to a slaughterhouse in Fort Macleod.

Click here
to read article in Calgary Herald


“How do they not provide proof of ownership to the packing plant? The other issue is why is there not a hold on horses that are brought there in case they are stolen?” says O’Reilly.

CTV News contacted Bouvry Meats and were told they can only say the RCMP is investigating and that there is no fault on the part of the company.

RCMP say their investigation is in the very early stages and an officer with the Livestock Investigation Office has been assigned to the case.

O’Reilly lives in Southern Alberta before moving to Port Hardy, B.C. and has had both horses for over 20 years.

“They were family. My kids grew up with them.  You know at the end of the day, nothing is going to be able to bring them back,” says O’Reilly.

RCMP say they may have an update on the case Tuesday.

Read the full CTV report.


Calgary Sun

Spending the weekend holding out hope that Cocoa and Bella would be rescued, she learned the devastating news Monday morning after she was contacted by Mounties.

“Everything is just a blur,” O’Reilly said. “I’m in denial, I’m heartbroken, I’m angry and I’m sad.”

Read the full story by clicking here.