Our friends at Tierschutzbund (Zurich) sent this notice out today:
Press release: Canadian Parliament defeats food safety bill
On May 14th, the Canadian Parliament defeated Bill C-571which would have improved food safety standards and traceability in the horsemeat industry. The bill required that only horses may be slaughtered for human consumption which have been raised primarily for human consumption and which have got a horse passport and a complete lifetime medical record (as required in the EU). The number of horses sent to slaughter would have decreased substantially. The defeat of Bill C-571 is a victory of the horsemeat industry over the interests of animal welfare and consumer organisations.
We have sent out a press release today in which we call on the retailers to stop the import of horsemeat from Canada and follow the example of Lidl and Volg, which have completely stopped selling horsemeat.
Please feel free to translate and use our press release in your country.
Link to the homepage of MP Alex Atamanenko: http://alexatamanenko.ndp.ca/parliament-defeats-food-safety-bill-102-ayes-155-nays