Canadian Anti-Horse Slaughtering Bill Would Allow Exceptions

Alex Atamanenko

Is this not a compromise in the wrong direction for anti-horse slaughter? ~ HfH

From: Blackburn News
By: Ray Baynton

Alex Atamanenko

Alex Atamanenko

A British Columbia MP has re-worked his private member’s bill which would have banned horse slaughtering in Canada.

Alex Atamanenko says it had becoming increasingly apparent his original bill wasn’t going to get the votes it needed in the House of Commons.

His new bill would allow for the slaughter of horses that are raised primarily for human consumption and which are accompanied by a complete lifetime medical history.

Atamanenko says under the current system, slaughter operations get their horses from auction houses across Canada and the U-S – horses which he argues were not raised in accordance with health and safety regulations required of all other food animals.

The European Union is Canada’s primary market for horsemeat.

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Atamanenko believes EU pressure prompted the federal government to introduce an Equine Identity Document System linking a horse to it’s medical history for the 6 months leading up to slaughter.

But he argues that system is inadequate and full of loopholes.

Atamanenko says his new bill – C-571 – will effectively exclude the general population of horses from being considered eligible as a food animal.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • V Fisher

    Canadians want ZERO slaughter! Kill buyers have falsified medical histories in the past, and they will continue to do so. Next they will say they parked the horses at a feedlot for 6 months and they are now clean. While I appreciate M.P. Atamanenko’s efforts, this Bill isn’t good enough for me. No horse slaughter in Canada is the only thing that will do, and we will continue our efforts until we achieve it. HORSE WARRIORS FIGHT ON!!!

    February 5, 2014
  • As in the United States, the majority of the Canadian people o NOT want horse slaughter. Here in the US, we ALLOW SLAUGHTER FOR CARNIVORE CONSUMPTION. There are at least 10 so called ‘Back Yard’ Slaughterhouses for Equidaes in the US and not ONE of them is USDA inspected.

    I do not buy the argument that the only way to pass a bill (which has NEVER happened)is to allow for slaughter for Zoos. It is a logical absurdity that we can make exceptions for perfectly healthy horses and Ponies may be slaughtered because Big Cats and Wolves will eat them. Slaughter is slaughter and there is no difference in the suffering. It is worse in these small plants because they are NOT REGULATED.

    Any method used to slaughter Equidaes violates the Humane Slaughter Act. Why do we continue with this redundant Legislation when all we have to do is enforce the existing Statute?

    February 5, 2014