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Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened
On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed. Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival. We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system. Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.
Say No to Genetically Modified Salmon
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever genetically modified salmon as safe to eat, while not requiring them to be labelled. While regular salmon reach market size in 32-36 months, the "AquAdvantage" salmon grows to the same size in 16 to 18 months. The FDA has forbidden the breeding of AquaAdvantage salmon in the United States, and is only allowing the salmon to be raised in hatchery tanks in Canada and Panama. With the approval by the FDA, there is growing concern about the potential increased production of fish eggs at the AquaBounty facility in Souris, P.E.I. Meanwhile, there are concerns about environmental risks, including to wild salmon. There are also concerns about lack of transparency when it comes to potential consumers, and selling genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves with no labels. Health Canada has confirmed it is reviewing a submission by AquaBounty to sell genetically modified salmon in Canada. There has been no consultation by Health Canada or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans with Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. Please sign the petition to say that we do not want genetically modified salmon grown or sold in Canada and the rest of North America.
Help the Kashechewan First Nations Reserve get access to clean water
The Kashechewan First Nations reserve near Sudbury, Ontario, has been experiencing water quality issues for over 20 years. In 2005, more than 1,000 residents had to be evacuated from the reserve because of the E.coli bacteria found in their water. Just recently, in March of 2016, 16 children had to be evacuated due to skin lesions and infections. Their water treatment plant has not been repaired or replaced since 1998, and keeps breaking down, causing many health issues within the community. Unfortunately, this issue does not just concern Kashechewan. In Canada, 2/3 of all First Nations reserves have been under a drinking water advisory sometime in the past 10 years. Most Canadians have access to clean drinking water every day. Why are First Nations treated differently? If you believe that access to clean water is a basic human right, please sign this petition to urge the Ontario government to address this issue and help the Kashechewan people build a better water treatment system. Thank you.
There's a pill to prevent HIV...help get it approved in Canada
Every three to four hours, a Canadian is infected with HIV (2093 Canadians in 2013, PHAC 2014). But, times have changed and there is now a pill to help prevent transmission. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of Truvada, a drug approved over 11yrs ago for HIV treatment; now used by HIV-negative individuals to prevent infection. When taken daily as prescribed, recent studies and demonstration sites have shown PrEP to be up to 99% effective. Truvada is already being prescribed legally but off-label for prophylactic use in Canada. While the U.S. FDA approved the use of Truvada for prevention of HIV in summer of 2012 and the CDC, British Columbia and Quebec have published initial guidelines for the use of PrEP. This year, the WHO also recommended PrEP for those at substantial risk of transmission (MSM, trans women, couples where one person is HIV-positive, and injection drug users). In fact, one recent study, which included Canadian participants, determined PrEP to be so effective that the study was stopped (in other words, it works!). Despite the emerging evidence of PrEP’s efficacy, Canada lags behind in its approval and accessibility of Truvada as PrEP to Canadian residents. Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada, recently applied for approval to Health Canada. A spokesperson for Health Canada is reported to have advised that such approval normally takes up to 300 days. On the basis of existing data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of Truvada as PrEP, we propose that Health Canada approve PrEP through a priority review process, which would instead take possibly half the time or less for the approval of the drug for this new prevention option. Priority approval is regularly used for certain drugs already approved in other jurisdictions where certain health conditions are indicated such as HIV. Encouraged by our Prime Minister’s recently stated desire to develop evidence based policies, we invite you to sign this petition to show the Right Honourable Jane Philpott, MP, PC, the Health Minister of Canada, how ready Canadians are for PrEP, for those at substantial risk of transmission. In the time it will take to approve the drug in the standard process, over 2,000 Canadians may become infected with HIV. Many more may become infected while waiting for the provinces to include PrEP in their respective drug benefit plans. Knowing this, it is our cause to request that the Health Minister intervenes urgently to help reduce the transmission of HIV in Canada. For more information, please visit: AIDS Committee of Toronto site: www.hivnow.ca WHO guideline: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/186275/1/9789241509565_eng.pdf?ua=1 CDC guideline: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/prepguidelines2014.pdf BC guideline: http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/centredocs/guidance-for-the-use-of-pre-exposure-prophylaxis.pdf Truvada REMS Materials: http://www.truvadapreprems.com/truvadaprep-resources Ipergay study: http://www.croiconference.org/sessions/demand-prep-oral-tdf-ftc-msm-results-anrs-ipergay-trial PrEP publication: http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/prep_msm.pdf
Make Canada An Animal Testing Free Country by 2020
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1018 CANADIANS, Please sign, share & post the above link for parliamentary petition e-1018 that will make Canada an animal testing free country. It is the below change.org petition made into a parliamentary bill which can become law with enough OF YOUR support. E-1018 is supported by federal MP Don Davies. We have 120 days to get as many signatures as possible. So, PLEASE SIGN, SHARE AND POST THE ABOVE LINK AFTER SIGNING THIS PETITION BELOW. YOUR SIGNATURES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO MAKE CANADA AN ANIMAL TESTING FREE COUNTRY. Dear Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin trudeau and GINETTE PETITPAS TAYLOR, the Right Honorable Minister of Health, all parliamentarians and Senators, we are a loving and respectful people that treats the helpless and those that cannot act or speak for themselves as the we treat the best Canadians. Please phase out animal testing in Canada by 2020. Europe is phasing out animal testing by 2025, we can do even better and stop animal testing by 2020. And in the meantime, please ensure that ITR labs of Montreal is independently investigated for throwing and hitting beagle puppies and killing them when they are around one year old. Self-governing and self-policing by such organizations and by the CCAC is not working and has not worked in Canadian history thus far as it relates to lab testing facilities. We also understand that ccac (Canadian Council of Animal Care) has an inherent conflict of interest by receiving funding from those that they investigate (testing facilities and those that they represent). Since ccac receives the majority of its funding from the Canadian government (which comes from we the taxpayers and voters) and since the ccac has never decertified a animal testing lab in the past fifty years of its existence, we ask that the Canadian government fully fund the CCAC to prevent any inherent conflict of interest and make CCAC accountable for their behaviour and practises. We, the people hope the ccac can redeem itself fully with full funding from the government (and no longer accept any lab testing funding) until animal testing is phased out and stopped in 2020. We the people call upon Prime minister Trudeau, all parliamentarians and Senators of Canada to make Canada an animal testing free zone by 2020. We are a people of love, respect and kindness. How we treat the least of us, is how we treat all of us. We know that Canada can do better than a D rating internationally from the World Animal's Animal Protection Index. Please make Canada an animal protected Sanctuary and end all animal testing in labs by 2020.
Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience
The purpose of this petition is to voice opposition to legitimizing naturopathy through state licensure and mandated insurance reimbursement. Naturopaths are attempting to become legally recognized as "primary care physicians" in all U.S. 50 states and become Medicare providers. This is a dangerous future. UPDATE: This petition has expanded to include Canada, where naturopaths are also aggressively lobbying for licensure in all provinces and inclusion in healthcare programs. In Canada and the U.S., naturopathic education is shared across the border via a common accrediting agency, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (see below). Thus, a naturopath who graduated from Bastyr in Washington state can then become licensed in Ontario. It is only natural that opposition to NDs should be applied to all of North America. Naturopaths are not trained similar to physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants. Naturopaths are trained in a hodgepodge of antiquated methods, mystical theories, and bare-bone fundamentals of medicine. Naturopathic students are required to master homeopathy, energy modalities, herbalism, chiropractic-like manipulations, and therapies involving heat and water. There is a strong emphasis on anti-vaccine promotion and alternative cancer treatments. This petition concerns naturopaths who graduated from programs approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. These programs are attempting to circumvent comprehensive medical training by misrepresenting their academic rigor to lawmakers and the public. This is our chance to make a stand against pseudoscience masquerading as legitimate medicine. Please sign this petition to show your support for blocking naturopathic licensure, scope of practice expansion, and inclusion in federal and state health care programs. Naturopaths are not doctors, and they should not be treated as such. Below is a list of references with data and expert opinion on naturopathic education and practice: Atwood, Kimball C., IV (2003). "Naturopathy: A critical appraisal". Medscape General Medicine 5 (4): 39. Atwood IV, Kimball. C. (2004). "Naturopathy, pseudoscience, and medicine: Myths and fallacies vs truth". Medscape General Medicine 6 (1): 33. Barrett, Stephen (2013). "A close look at naturopathy". QuackWatch. Wilson, K. (2005). "Characteristics of Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Attending a Naturopathic College Clinic in Canada". Pediatrics 115 (3): e338–e343. Busse, Jason W.; Wilson, Kumanan; Campbell, James B. (2008). "Attitudes towards vaccination among chiropractic and naturopathic students". Vaccine 26 (49): 6237–6243. Wilson, Kumanan; Mills, Ed; Boon, Heather; Tomlinson, George; Ritvo, Paul (2004). "A survey of attitudes towards pediatric vaccinations amongst Canadian naturopathic students". Vaccine 22 (3-4): 329–334. Mielczarek, Eugenie V.; Engler, Brian D. (2014). "Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine". Skeptical Inquirer 38.3. Boon, Heather S.; Cherkin, Daniel C.; Erro, Janet; Sherman, Karen J.; et al. (2004). "Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: Results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two U.S. States". BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine 20 (4): 14. "Testimony in Opposition to H. 1992 and S. 1205, An Act to Create a Board of Registration in Naturopathy". Massachusetts Medical Society. Massachusetts Medical Society. Downey L, et al. (2010). "Pediatric vaccination and vaccine-preventable disease acquisition: associations with care by complementary and alternative medicine providers.". Matern Child Health J. 14 (6): 922–30. Lipson, Peter. (2016). Naturopaths: Fake Doctors in White Coats? Forbes. Caulfeild, Timothy. (2013). Don't legitimize the witch doctors. National Post. Palmer, Brian. (2014). Quacking All the Way to the Bank: Naturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense. Slate. Various authors. Naturopathy vs Science. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Bellamy, Jann. (2015). 2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt. (2015). ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt (2015). ND Confession, Part II: The Accreditation of Naturopathic “Medical” Education. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt. Naturopathic Diaries.
Make Gender Affirmation Products Covered by Nationwide Medicare
My name is Jesse Chan and I am a genderfluid non-binary person who struggles with gender dysphoria. Many people automatically think of hormones and surgery when they think of the transition process, but in reality, there is much more to it than that. Those who identify on the feminine side of the gender spectrum who have not had, or decide not to have augmentation surgery may wear breast forms or enhancers that create a more feminine-appearing chest. "Tucking" is a technique that is used to smooth out the crotch area and may be facilitated with the use of special underwear called gaffs. Those who identify on the masculine side of the gender spectrum who have not had, or decide not to have chest contouring surgery may wear compression garments known as "binders" to create a masculine-appearing chest. They may also practice "packing" which is the wearing of a device called a "packer" in ones' pants to create the appearance of male genitalia. Some of such devices are known as "STP (stand to pee) devices" as they allow the user to urinate while standing upright.For those who do not conform to conventional gender expectations, the use of breast forms, enhancers, gaffs, binders, packers, and STP devices are a necessity to their emotional well-being by affirming their gender identity. The percentage of those affected by mental health issues is much higher in the transgender community which only makes gender affirmation products more of a necessity for health. Just as a diabetic needs their glucose test kit and a paraplegic needs their wheelchair for their health and well-being, transgender persons need their gender affirmation products for similar reasons. According to a report, transgender individuals are four times more likely to live below the poverty line than the rest of the population. The cost of purchasing gender affirmation products (a basic chest binder costs approximately $28 USD not including shipping) can quickly add up and many are forced to choose between purchasing gender affirmation products and basic living expenses such as food, rent, and transit passes. I strongly believe that no person should be forced to choose between their own personal health and well-being and being able to afford their basic living expenses. With gender affirmation products being a necessity for the well-being of transgender individuals, it only makes sense for them to be considered medically necessary expenses and paid for by the Canadian healthcare system as such.
Dedicated Federal Funding for DIPG Cancer Research and Clinical trials in Canada
D.I.P.G. (Diffuse Intrinisic Pontine Glioma) is a rare brain cancer that is in the PONS of the brain. It affects approximately 30 Canadian children a year and approximately 350 - 400 children across North America and Europe combined. It affects mostly young children between the ages 3-12 but can also occur in teenagers and adults. It is inoperable and incurable. The average life span after diagnosis is 9-12 months with only palliative treatment options such as radiation to extend life expectancy by a few months. Clinical trials in Canada are extremely limited, most trials are conducted in the United States with Canadians having limited ability to participate at their own cost. DIPG usually occurs without warning and is an aggressive and cruel cancer with symptoms that include: facial and limb weakness, balance, vision, hearing, swallowing & breathing impairments, heart and respiratory failure. The survival rate for DIPG children is < 1% with 95% of children succumbing to the cancer within 2 years. While many cancers have made significant progress in survival rates, DIPG has made very little progress in the last 40 years simply because of lack of tissue samples and funding. The Canadian Federal Government makes a commitment to Cancer Research but because DIPG is considered rare, it generally gets overlooked in a very competitive grant approval process for funding research. This means progress is slowed even further because Canadian doctors have to seek funding through other means such as Canadian charity organizations and even other countries such as the USA and Australia to obtain the funding needed for clinical trials and research. It has been suggested that making progress in understanding DIPG and finding treatment options for this cancer will ultimately lead to improvements in survival rates of many other types of brain cancers. It is time that the Canadian Federal government made a commitment to this GLOBAL issue and help support research and clinical trials for DIPG in Canada. As I watch my 6 year old daughter, Nelina Lyon Ann, succumb to DIPG, I urge all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers across Canada to sign this petition asking the Federal Government and the Minister of Health to mandate funding for DIPG research and clinical trials $1M for 2017 budgets and $2M 2018 & 2019 budgets. Given the Federal government's recent financial commitments (millions of dollars) to other global issues, this is a reasonable commitment for something that will perpetuate change for future generations. It is terrible for a parent to hear that your child has cancer, but it is even worse to find out that there is only a handful of doctors in Canada researching DIPG, there are no clinical trials and basically no hope or treatment if your child has DIPG in Canada. We need government action and funding TODAY in order for the future generation of parents and children to have hope, where today there is none. Please help evoke change today for DIPG research and clinical trials in Canada.
Take action – Tax changes will impact your future …
To all Canadians, On July 18, 2017, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Government of Canada released Tax Planning Using Private Corporations. This document calls for drastic changes to the taxation of small business owners and specifically targets professionals in Canada. Specifically, the Liberals are proposing changes to: income sprinkling using private corporations; holding an investment portfolio inside a private corporation; the lifetime capital gains exemption; and converting private corporation income into capital gains. The impacts of these changes are yet to be fully understood or measured, but they will be significant to all professionals now and in the future. We are not treated like other public servants: we do not get a benefits package, paid maternity leave, pension plans, vacation pay, or sick leave. The right to incorporate and the associated tax benefits were negotiated by our provincial associations years ago in lieu of benefits and raises. This was done to cut government healthcare spending, and now that those negotiations are forgotten, the government is trying to take these benefits away. We rely on our corporations to run the business-end of our practices (purchasing medical-grade equipment, staff, overhead, rent, computer technology, protecting patient records and so on). The trade-off allowed us to do the job of caring for our patients, while still caring for our families, our children and our retirement. Let us be clear: we respect the law. The investment strategies we employ by way of our corporations are not “tax loopholes”. In the absence of reasonable alternatives we use our corporations as a long-term saving strategy to fund our pension. In other countries doctors are provided with basic benefits in addition to their wages which we are not. We need to be able to realize these tax savings to balance the scales. Without the tax benefits of incorporation, it will be difficult for us to continue with the care we wish to provide our patients. In recent years, the provinces have had billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care. In Ontario alone, over $3 Billion has been unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services which doctors provide. With these federal tax changes, some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada altogether. Ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times and lower quality of patient care. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst the commonwealth countries. In our opinion, the proposed tax changes will be a further detriment to Canada's already ailing health care system. We, concerned Canadians, urge you to reconsider your proposed changes to private corporations, and to maintain benefits for small business owners. Prime Minister Trudeau, please preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our health care system. Patients can never come first when frontline physicians are put last. For anyone reading this, we encourage you to get involved in this process by contacting the Department of Finance as they are looking for comments on the proposals firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to reach out to your local MP to voice your concerns as they represent your voice in parliament, https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members This petition will be delivered to: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Minister of Health Jane Philpott Leader of the Official Opposition of Canada and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada Tom Mulcair
PETITION TO OUTLAW THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN CANADA FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION & EXPORT.
To: Prime Minister Justin TrudeauPrime Minister's Office80 Wellington StreetOttawa, OntarioK1A 0A2 CanadaTel: (613) 992-4211Fax: (613) 941-6900 Justin.email@example.com cc: Hon. Jane PhilpottMinister of HealthHealth CanadaOttawa, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org@parl.gc.ca Hon. Lawrence MacAulayCanadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-FoodOttawa, Canada Dr. Bruce ArchibaldPresident/CEOCanadian Food Inspection AgencyOttawa, Canadabruce.email@example.com Background, purpose and objective of this petition Canada has literally become the slaughterhouse of horses for human consumption and export to the EU and Asia. The US has banned and outlawed the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in 2007. Since then, Canada has been importing live horses from the US to be slaughtered in Canada and exported to the EU and Asia for human consumption. Between 2006- July 2015, Canada slaughtered a total of 685,510 horses; an average of 60% of these horses were imported from the US. All of the horses are slaughtered in Quebec and in Alberta, Canada by the following horse slaughter company: http://www.vianderichelieu.com/index.php These horses are bought at auctions in both the US and in Canada for as low as $ 0,30/pound by agents/suppliers of the slaughter houses (i.e. Kill Buyers) and then shipped thousands of miles by trucks in cruel conditions to be slaughtered in Canada in horrific and horrendous conditions. Many other horses are shipped live by air to Japan for slaughter and human consumption in Japan. It is both unsafe and highly unethical to slaughter and consume horse meat. These horses are not raised and bred to be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of these horses were raised and bred for human companionship and for the US horse race industry using toxic drugs which are toxic, dangerous and unfit for human consumption. For example, many of these horses are injected and treated with phenylbutazone, a known carcinogen that is banned from use in any animal bred for human consumption. Furthermore, horses are companions to humans just like dogs and other pets; it is therefore highly unethical to slaughter and export horses for human consumption. An Ipsos-Reid poll reveals that nearly 2/3 of Canadians do not support the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The vast majority of horses slaughtered in Canada are exported and consumed in Europe and in Asia. The vast majority of Canadians do not consume horse meat and do not support this industry. Over 64% of Canadians surveyed believe that the slaughter of horses in Canada for human consumption must be abolished on ethical grounds. In fact, we as human beings have a moral obligation to protect horses and other defenseless weaker sentient Beings from such horrific, horrendous and barbaric practices. Please watch and share the following leaked video footages of the horrific and horrendous slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada and decide for yourself: http://defendhorsescanada.org/investigations/chambers-of-carnage What to do ? Canada must ban and outlaw the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption. NDP MP Alex Atamanenko previously introduced two Bills to end the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. Tragically, however, PM Stephen Harper and the majority of Conservative MP's voted against it. In January 2014, MP Alex Atamanenko introduced a third Bill (C-571), an Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act, prohibiting conveying, importing or exporting horses or horse meat for human consumption, with the exception of horses that are raised from birth with lifetime medical records. Tragically, however, former PM Stephen Harper and the majority of his Conservatives MP again voted against Bill C-571. Happily, however, Mr Justin Trudeau voted in favor of both bills. Fortunately, Canadians have recently voted out PM Harper and his Conservative cronies and elected a majority liberal government headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We therefore hereby demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Liberal Members of Parliament and his majority government promptly draft and pass legislation to ban and outlaw the slaughtering and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. As Mahatma Gandhi rightly stated: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” You can find detailed information about this alarming issue from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition at the following website and blog links: http://defendhorsescanada.org https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com Thank you for signing and widely sharing this petition. Please also email/fw a copy of this petition to your local MP and call him/her to ask him/her to either draft and/or vote in favour of a Bill to ban and outlaw the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. You can easily find your local MP using your postal code at this link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/houseofcommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC Thank you for helping save these defenseless and voiceless sentient Beings and to ban and outlaw the horrific and horrendous slaughter of horses for human consumption in Canada. Sincerely, Arya VrilyaCanadayajnacentre@yahoo.com