Bill to Ban
in Canada Introduced
OTTAWA (17 June 2010) –
ATAMANENKO MOVES TO BAN HORSE MEAT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
OTTAWA - New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex
Atamanenko (BC southern Interior) tabled a Private
Members Bill (C-544) yesterday that would
effectively shut down the slaughtering of horses for
human consumption in Canada.
"The fact is that drugs which are prohibited for use
during the life of any animals destined for the human
food supply are routinely being administered to
horses," said Atamanenko. "It is irresponsible for
Canada to allow the sale of meat from horses as a
food item when they have never been raised in
accordance with the food safety practices required
for all other animals."
Atamanenko points to the inexpensive, easily
available and widely used anti-inflammatory drug,
phenylbutazone (bute), as one example of what is
quite likely to be prevalent in horsemeat. Bute is a
known carcinogen and its use is illegal in any animal that enters the food supply.
"It is more likely than not that the vast majority of
horses will have been administered bute, or
'horse's aspirin' as it is commonly called," said
According to Atamanenko, at least fifty per cent of
the horses being slaughtered in Canada are
imported from the US where has
been banned. The meat is then sold to markets in
Europe. There are no regulations in the US to
prevent horse owners from administering banned
substances because horses are not regarded or
treated as food-producing animals.
Under pressure from the European Union (EU),
Canada is set to introduce a new 'equine passport'
system to track the health history and medical
treatments of horses arriving at slaughterhouses,
including those from the States.
Atamanenko believes that it will be impossible for
CFIA to verify data in these passports and expects
to see a high incidence of inaccurate records.
"Many in the US believe it should be our job to verify
information from US horses since Canada is the only
one slaughtering them for human consumption,"
concluded the Atamanenko. "It's a stretch to think
that information on hundreds of thousands of unwanted
horses that were never raised to be food, will be
complete or accurate."
Source: Press Release
Protecting Horses through Intervention, Education and Legislation
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Bill to Ban Horse Slaughter in Canada Introduced
International Fund for Horses