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West Nile Virus PDF Print E-mail

West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitos and causes swelling and inflammation in the brain and spinal cord...

Homeless Horses: An Update on Unwanted Horses in the US PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr Tom Lenz, Unwanted Horse Coalition   

Awareness about unwanted horses has grown significantly over the past 20 years, and the horse industry has taken strides to find solutions. But there’s still work to do (AUG 2018)

Wild Horses: The Consequences of Doing Nothing PDF Print E-mail

The consequences of doing nothing. Unfortunately, in the US the loose, wild and feral horse population is out of control. In Canada there is visible signs of inadequate population management.

National Geographic - Failing to manage wild herds in Western states, experts say, could have devastating effects on rangelands—and all of the animals that depend on them... <more>

Rewilding horses in Europe - <more>

Hendra Virus (HeV) Infection PDF Print E-mail

Hendra virus is a rare disease that can cause severe illness and often death in horses. Hendra is a virus that can spread from horses to humans.

Report Available on Regulatory and Operational Considerations Related to the Transportation of Livestock and Poultry PDF Print E-mail

Environmental Scan of Regulatory and Operational Considerations 


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Equine Surveillance Network

Statement of Purpose

The communication of accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.


The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada will:

  1. support the existing education programs of each of its partners
  2. promote humane handling of horses throughout all of their life stages.
  3. inform its constituents and partners of matters and issues related to the welfare of the horse population.
  4. enhance public awareness of matters and issues relating to the welfare of the horse and the horse industry.
  5. strive to network with other organizations who assist the Alliance in the achievement of its purpose and objectives.

Questions and comments may be directed to the Chair Bill desBarres 403.526.1070

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The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada is an alliance of provincial equine organizations and farm animal care groups whose purpose is the dissemination of accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.

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Bill desBarres
Chair, HWAC