Animal organizations get authorization for private prosecution in live horse export case

Photo: Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

In what’s believed to be a first in relation to farmed animals, a court has given animal welfare advocates the green light to privately prosecute a live-horse exporter in Manitoba after three horses collapsed during a trip that exceeded the 28-hour maximum journey without food, water, or rest.

“We have so few laws on the books to protect these horses,” said Kaitlyn Mitchell, director of legal advocacy with the non-profit group Animal Justice.

“The least that we can do is to make sure that what few laws we do have are actually enforced. Otherwise, what good are they?”