There were a group of us who read the pros and cons and viewed the tape that was presented as recent, showing abuse.
We went to Bouvry and asked for some information. They directed us to the RCMP who confirmed the tape was a dud and had been edited. They had confirmed from HR information that those shown had not worked at that plant in ten years.
We decided to see what we could do. We asked if we could be silent observers during kill time. We would not in any way be involved in the kill process.
As time evolved we were asked if we had any recommendations. And, we did. Chutes were changed, the workers were given incentives to try and diminish as much stress as they could etc.
We learned a lot about the process and it was NOT as presented by the anti slaughter crowd.
There are pastures where horses are free fed and they are green during the summer. Those horses imported that did not require slaughter within 96 hours actually have it pretty normal. They are out in the fields,,,mares due to foal do so and they are not disturbed by stallions as they are separated. The feed pens are spacious and the grain troughs are set at a correct height.
The only time there was an accident was when some PETA ladies asked if they could observe and they tossed firecrackers at the horses in the chute and then tried to film the panic. They had restraining orders placed against them and they are not even allowed to carry signs on the highway.
This was all volunteer and the program still runs There are over 30 volunteers. I drove two hours to get to the plant every week..we all paid our own expenses. I stopped in June due to my own workload with my own horses and the kennel