Unfortunately, the audit report only very briefly touches on this issue, stating that "No significant animal welfare concerns were found in any of the establishments visited."
However, the FVO inspectors noted that a rejected horse had been re-delivered and accepted for slaughter while another horse (the wrong horse) had been removed from the consignment instead.
Additionally, cases were seen where animals had been rejected for animal welfare reasons without the certificates having been cancelled. Although the consignments had been returned to the US they were allowed entry within a few hours on the original certificates. There is no system in place to inform all points of entry of rejected consignments and the reasons for this.
And in another case, the severe lameness of one horse identified at the point of entry did not result in the load being rejected and had not been recorded in the ante mortem inspection records at the plant.
While the report is trying to down-play these findings, we feel that these results observed during an announced inspection are very concerning and raise questions regarding overall welfare and the effectiveness of the CFIA inspection of these horses at the point of entry.