It is common knowledge that many horses are routinely treated with phenylbutazone (“bute”), clenbuterol, and other drugs that are not permitted in food-producing animals. Yet, unbelievably, the current system rapidly pumps these animals through to slaughter and into the human food supply. Only random, infrequent testing on horsemeat is performed, and the much-touted Equine Information Document accompanying each horse to slaughter relies upon the honesty and integrity of horse owners and feedlot operators to supply an accurate drug history on each animal. Needless to say, the system is a sham. Yet the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada continue to promote the slaughter of animals unfit to be human food.
Please act now. The Committee is slated to assemble soon, so send your comments intoday. A short form letter is included below for your convenience; however, your own original wording is generally considered to be a more powerful tool.
To: MP Merv Tweed, Chair, and Members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
Dear MP Tweed and Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food Members:
I understand that Senate Bill S-11, an Act respecting food commodities, is coming up for consideration at a future committee meeting. In the interest of food safety, I would like to request that you seriously consider the impact that horsemeat consumption may have on human health. Here is a link to a related report from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/sg-chdcbehindcloseddoorsoct22wlinks.pdf. As you know, most horses have not been raised as food animals and are fed a wide variety of drugs, many of which are not permitted in the food chain, during their lifetimes (phenylbutazone and clenbuterol, to name only two). Random, infrequent testing of horsemeat and Equine Information Documents that can be fraudulently presented do nothing to keep dangerous drugs out of human food. The government of Canada would do well to support Bill C-322 and end the slaughter of horses without delay.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)