CHDC News Release: Niagara Falls MPP Supports Horse Anti-Slaughter Legislation

Niagara Falls MPP Adds His Support for Horse Anti-Slaughter Legislation

September 9, 2013
Orangeville, Ontario

Kim Craitor, Ontario Liberal MPP for Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake has come forward to applaud the “Stop Slaughtering Us” billboard erected on August 19th on McLeod Road, Niagara Falls.  The billboard’s passionate message reaches out to the community to inform them of the disturbing realization that horses are being slaughtered in Canada for their meat when they are not raised as food-producing animals.  Horses are ordinarily kept and treated as sport and companion animals, and are commonly administered drugs that are strictly prohibited from being used at any time in all other food-producing animals destined for the human food supply.

“In conversation with the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) and after reviewing materials on horse slaughter in Canada, I was shocked to discover the scope of the issues and concerns within this industry,” said Craitor.  He continued, “I fully support NDP MP Alex Atamanenko’s Bill C-322 that would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption.  It was very troubling to learn that over 80,000 horses were killed for their meat last year in Canada, and that the majority were transported here from the U.S.”

Toronto City Council has voted in support of federal Bill C-322 and is also calling for the Province of Ontario to prohibit the sale, movement and shipment of horses in Ontario for the purpose of slaughter.  The CHDC is optimistic that MPP Craitor’s support is the first of many more Ontario MPPs to come forward in their support of provincial legislation to stop this violation on our horses and associated serious food safety concerns.

Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director for the CHDC said, “We are very pleased to see provincial support in Ontario for anti-slaughter legislation that would protect our horses.  Toronto City Council must also be recognized and thanked for their Motion to support Bill C-322.  It’s an obvious indication that people on all levels of government see that this industry is fundamentally wrong and the time has come to end horse slaughter in Canada.”

To see MP Alex Atamanenko’s news release on the Niagara Falls billboard, go to this link:

To see MPP Kim Craitor’s website, go to this link:

To see Toronto City Council’s Motion to support Bill C-322, go to this link:

To see Bill C-322 in its entirety, go to this link:

For a PDF version of this news release, go here: CHDCNewsReleaseSep9.

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  1. Dennis Davey · ·

    Maureen Godin. Last month I sent letters to Liberal Premier Wynn and NDP leader Horwath as well as the NDP member for my area riding Taras Natachack on this very issue asking they seriously consider Breeder Regulation in Ontario that would address the PERPETUAL pipeline of Horses being sent to slaughter. I even offered to meet with Natachack and respectfully asked for a response from the three of them.
    TO DATE NO REPLY. Perhaps others in Ontario could write Wynn ,Horwath and their riding MP.

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    Delia, breeders like the couple you met have always been the reason for horse slaughter being impossible to stop in the US. As we all know the US senate has always been paid off with so called donations to their reelection campaigns by horse ranchers like these. None of the breeders have any feeling at all for the intelligent animals they use, abuse and ship out to slaughter. These are the kind that kept the US slaughter plants running full tilt until they were shut down. They were quick to find another outlet for their brood mares that couldn’t breed any more as well as any culls they had they couldn’t sell. Instead of at least making a effort to possibly find homes for of their horses it was always easier to haul them where they knew they would make some extra bucks. There is still a long way to go before this will ever be stopped. The crooked US Senate is ignoring the senate bill gathering dust in committee just like all the other anti-slaughter bills in the past ten years.

    1. Laureen Godin · ·

      Yes! These people are definitely part of the problem. Why are laws not being passed to regulate horse breeding? No more breeding for whatever or just because it is cute to have a baby horse!! It disgusts me to no end these people that take their horses to slaughter plants or auction houses just to squeeze a lousy dollar out of them. It is extremely shameful. I do not see my horses as money making “things”. I love them dearly and even though I do not ride as much, I have learned so much from them. I just love playing with them and visiting them. That is all I need and to know that they are happy and content until their last days.

  3. delia dumont · ·

    Straight from the horses mouth. I took a train trip this summer across the USA and met an older couple from San Diego who had worked for years, and still worked on a breeding ranch for racehorses. The owner of this ranch also has a second ranch in Washington State. They spoke at length about the many trips they made to Lethbridge with truck loads of horses bound for slaughter and how Canada was regarded as an easy way to dispose of horses ” without too much fuss and paperwork.” They did however say they were surprised that Canada took their racehorses which had come up from Mexico as they were “full of drugs and not fit to eat.” Is it any wonder then that Canada is one of the few countries in the west that doesn’t test for cross contamination of horsemeat in the food that we eat? Our gov knows all too well what the results would be. These ranchers mentioned many drugs that the horses were given and yet here we are, still fighting the battle. To these folks, slaughter in Canada was just the most sensible way to get rid of these poor creatures. The horses had given their all, and it still wasn’t enough.

    Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:09:29 +0000 To:

  4. Barbara Griffith · ·

    Another thing the Canadian government might be thinking about may be the idea of what if its proven in one or more of the EU countries where horse meat from Canada is sent that it is causing illnesses. The victims could sue the Canadian government and that would hurt their beef and pork industry exports or any commodity Canada ships over there. There may be other reasons for these city council members all of a sudden being interested in stopping this carnage.

    1. Laureen Godin · ·

      God I hope they would consider suing. I would love to see this happen. The slaughter pipeline for any animal is evil.

  5. I am not real familiar with your official titles there so not sure what MPP means, but all of this post is SO ENCOURAGING, I for one here in the U.S. am disgusted, how corrupt our politicians are it’s all about BIG AGR< paying their bill's and to H-ll with what our voice says…. But we all will never give up LIKE YOU ALL,,,, wonderful news Canada…. 🙂

  6. Anne Streeter · ·



  7. Great news!

    1. Marilyn Wilson · ·

      Makes my heart soar! Thanks!

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