PETITION TO OUTLAW THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN CANADA FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION & EXPORT.
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To: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister's Office
80 Wellington Street
K1A 0A2 Canada
Tel: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay
Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Dr. Bruce Archibald
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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:
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.
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