Niagara Falls MPP Adds His Support for Horse Anti-Slaughter Legislation
September 9, 2013
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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