Poll respondents were told "Government statistics show that in 2003 more than 61,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada for human consumption or shipped out of the country for the same purpose."
One-in-three (33%) adult Canadians say they "do believe in the slaughter of Canadian horses for human consumption". Three percent have no opinion on this issue.
Regional and demographic differences included the following:
- A slight majority of Quebec residents say they "believe" in the slaughter of Canadian horses for human consumption (53% believe vs. 47% do not believe). A majority of residents from other provinces "do not believe" in the slaughter of Canadian horses for human consumption (77% Atlantic, 73% Ontario, 69% British Columbia, 62% Alberta, 56% Manitoba/Saskatchewan).
- A majority of residents in all other socio-economic and demographic groups "do not believe" in the slaughter of Canadian horses for human consumption. Opposition to the slaughter is higher amongst women (73% vs. 55% men), younger residents (69% 18-34 years vs. 59% 35-54 years), lower income residents (74% vs. 58% higher) and less educated residents (75% less than high school, 69% high school vs. 64% some post-sec, 57% university graduates).
For more information on this press release, please contact:
604.257.3200 Sinikka Crosland
TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society)
250.768.4803 Vivian Farrell
The Fund for Horses
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