Our government has now had the opportunity to settle in post-election and new Members of Parliament have adjusted to their positions. With the Liberals in power we continue to be optimistic that our concerns about horse slaughter will finally be met with pro-active interest.
NOW is the time to e-mail your legislators and ask for their support regarding a ban on horse slaughter in Canada, as well as the export of horses to other countries for slaughter.
Please go here to a Facebook page hosted by Stop Horse Slaughter in Canada. This handy page will help you to access letters that you can e-mail, and here you will also be able to directly post any replies that you receive from MPs.
For the convenience of those not subscribed to Facebook, please keep reading:
Find your Member of Parliament here.
Feel free to use the sample letter below, modify it, or write one of your own, whichever you are more comfortable doing. Americans advocates are encouraged to write directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who can be reached here.
Please be kind, courteous and respectful when contacting any Member of Parliament, and adhere to the facts. More information can be found here on our website. If you have any questions, please email us.
Some advocates have indicated their willingness to collect signatures on a hard copy letter addressed to Members of Parliament in particular ridings. Please go here for a printable letter, allowing for multiple signatures.
Thank you for helping with this important initiative!
I am writing to you today with regard to the troubling issue of horse slaughter in Canada.
As someone who cares deeply about human health and the welfare of horses I am astonished that this industry still persists in Canada. Horses are not traditionally raised as food animals. They enter the slaughter pipeline from diverse directions and can be former race horses, rodeo horses, family pets or animals culled from breeding operations (to name a few sources). Many horses showing up at Canada’s slaughter plants have been administered drugs that are prohibited from entering the food chain. Some drugs, like phenylbutazone (an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever) is commonly found in equine medicine cabinets throughout the country. According to Canadian food safety regulations, “bute” carries a lifetime prohibition – in other words, due to serious human health implications, any horse having received this drug in his or her lifetime is not permitted to enter the food chain. As I’m sure you can understand, this issue is a huge concern since there is no way of effectively monitoring and enforcing what drugs horse owners give to their animals and whether or not those horses will someday end up at auction and in the hands of feedlot operators.
Are you aware of proposed legislation that was introduced by MP Alex Atamanenko and, unfortunately, voted down by a Conservative majority Parliament in May 2014? This was Bill C-571, which sought to amend the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the Meat Inspection Act to prohibit the importation and exportation of horses for slaughter or horsemeat products for human consumption. If passed, the bill would have effectively shut down Canada’s horse slaughter industry.
Concerned citizens such as myself would like to see a similar bill introduced in Parliament as soon as possible. Do you feel that this would be a good initiative and would you support such a bill?
I look forward to your response.