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Are Horses Considered Livestock In Canada

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Danielle Fletcher
• Thursday, 31 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Currently, the designation of equine as livestock within provincial and federal legislation, regulations, policies, bylaws and rules is inconsistent. This causes confusion that is challenging for producers, owners and custodians and creates disadvantages when compared to other livestock sectors in Canada.

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It is hereby submitted industry representatives must be clear and concise to request definition of equine as livestock unilaterally within Canada. A clear designation of equine as livestock would define the realities of commercial and private breeding, owning and attending to the health and welfare of our horses, donkeys and mules.

The designation is important to ensure equines are not improperly classified as companion animals, similar to household pets. These animals are carefully selected and individually trained for purpose and safety and do not represent a significant percentage of equine in Canada.

Federal regulation of equine and related activities comes under the purview of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIA). Part of the objective of AFC is to improve and maintain farm income; develop and expand markets; protect the herds and carry out related research.

If livestock status for equine is not recognized there is a possibility of losing the already limited financial support received federally and provincially respecting research, regulation, disaster relief and emergency preparedness. Currently, Canada Revenue Agency recognizes equine owners and breeders who declare income and deduct expenses resultant from owning, breeding and/or marketing as farmers (agriculture).

Currently, equine owners and breeders are treated differently from other livestock producers respecting goods and sales taxes. Taxation son feed and care items is unique compared to other multi-use species such as rabbits, lamas and ostriches etc.

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This discrimination may be an unfair financial burden on equine business operators and is inconsistent in the agriculture industry. Livestock owners and others are encouraged to voice an opinion that is based on fact and relative issues as opposed to emotion.

Currently, the designation of equine as livestock within provincial and federal legislation, regulations, policies, bylaws and rules is inconsistent. This causes confusion that is challenging for producers, owners and custodians and creates disadvantages when compared to other livestock sectors in Canada.

It is hereby submitted industry representatives must be clear and concise to request definition of equine as livestock unilaterally within Canada. A clear designation of equine as livestock would define the realities of commercial and private breeding, owning and attending to the health and welfare of our horses, donkeys and mules.

The designation is important to ensure equines are not improperly classified as companion animals, similar to household pets. These animals are carefully selected and individually trained for purpose and safety and do not represent a significant percentage of equine in Canada.

Federal regulation of equine and related activities comes under the purview of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIA). Part of the objective of AFC is to improve and maintain farm income; develop and expand markets; protect the herds and carry out related research.

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If livestock status for equine is not recognized there is a possibility of losing the already limited financial support received federally and provincially respecting research, regulation, disaster relief and emergency preparedness. This confusion creates a waste of resources and increases risk during emergent, evacuations and/or rescue situations.

Currently, Canada Revenue Agency recognizes equine owners and breeders who declare income and deduct expenses resultant from owning, breeding and/or marketing as farmers (agriculture). Currently, equine owners and breeders are treated differently from other livestock producers respecting goods and sales taxes.

Taxation son feed and care items is unique compared to other multi-use species such as rabbits, lamas and ostriches etc. This discrimination may be an unfair financial burden on equine business operators and is inconsistent in the agriculture industry.

The decision to send any livestock to a processing facility to provide meat for human consumption or to eat meat, is a democratic choice that should not be mandated by Canadian law but the process thereof should be regulated under food safety guidelines (CIA). Livestock owners and others are encouraged to voice an opinion that is based on fact and relative issues as opposed to emotion.

Now that horses are no longer needed for transportation and farm work, they are often regarded as companion animals. The ASPCA also specifies “species suitable to be companion animals include dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs, and select other small mammals, small reptiles and fish.

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The Missouri Horse Council maintains that horses are livestock and “supports the legal definition of all domesticated equines to remain as livestock and opposes the current social trend of referring to them as pets or companion animals.” This is a stance taken by many similar associations in the United States and Canada. Those who make their living as trainers, breeders, dealers and running boarding stables and schools may lose the benefit of being an agricultural endeavor if a horse were regarded solely as a companion animal.

A good deal of research into equine diseases, vaccines and husbandry is government funded. Husbandry and humane treatment laws might not apply if horses were designated companion animals.

Many states are passing limited liability laws, which protect livestock owners and livestock event organizers (like cattle and horse shows) from lawsuits from anyone who is injured by a potentially large and dangerous animal such as a cattle-beast or horse. Considering that most of us do regard our horses not just as companions, but family members, our ultimate goal should be the best possible care, in addition to protecting ourselves.

{Sister}/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?source doc={Items}action=view&source={Source} This hardy breed descended from horses originally sent to the “New World” by King Louis XIV of France in the late 1600s.

The Canadian was used for crossbreeding to improve the strength and hardiness of other breeds, and helped to found other North American breeds such as the Morgan, Tennessee Walking Horse, Standard bred, and the American Saddle bred. By the late 1870s, the peril of Canada ’s national breed was finally recognized, and efforts were made by diligent breeders to try to bring the Canadian Horse back from the verge of extinction.

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Couture, DVD, a few concerned admirers of the “Little Iron Horse” banded together to try and preserve what remained of the breed. Progress was slow however, and it was not until 1895, when the Canadian Horse Breeders Association was formed that any real expansion took place.

Rutherford, the Federal Government livestock commissioner, a new stud book was started with improved standards. The Canadian Horse is still classified as “critical” on the American Livestock Conservancy list.

Their feet are exceptionally well-formed and tough, and generally require little more than routine trimming. Best of all, Canadian Horses are renowned for their kind, sensible, sociable natures, intelligence and willingness to please.

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