Ottawa Accused of Going Back on Pledge to Ban Live Horse Transport to Japan

Ottawa is being accused of reneging on a promise to ban the transport of live horses to Japan for raw horse-meat products. Many, including Members of Parliament and animal welfare groups, say they fear the Liberal government is shelving a 2021 election pledge to ban this practice. Prime Minister Trudeau mandated Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to “ban the live export of horses for slaughter.” However, no action has been taken. Ms. Bibeau’s department, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, stated it is “in the early stages of analyzing the commitment and is engaging with key stakeholders.” According to Statistics Canada, almost 15,000 large horses have been flown from Canada to Japan in the past five years.