Every year at major airports in Canada, thousands of horses are crowded into tiny crates and loaded onto planes.
While the conditions these animals suffer through are bad enough - living without food, water or rest, sometimes for more than a day - the reason for this treatment is even more shocking.
These animals are being shipped to Japan, where they become part of the country's thriving horse meat industry. While very few Canadians and Americans would willingly eat horse meat, unwanted horses from both countries are shipped by the hundreds to be turned into food overseas.
Japan is a huge horse meat importer, bringing more than 6 million pounds of it into the country every year.
While the animals are used to make beauty products, the larger market is for basashi, a type of gourmet sushi made from horse meat.
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