With more than 90,000 horses slaughtered in 2011 alone, Canada's horse slaughter industry is among the largest in the world and a shameful betrayal of our loyal companions.
There have been many reported cases of animal welfare violations in Canadian horse slaughterhouses. Veterinary experts have denounced horse slaughter as inherently inhumane since the animals' extreme response in the kill chute makes it difficult to stun them. And shocking video footage of the slaughter process casts serious doubt on the Canadian Food Inspections Agency’s ability to ensure proper protocols are followed.
But it is not just horses who need protection. Consumers are at serious risk of ingesting a banned chemical found in horse meat. Horses are not raised as food animals and many of them come into contact with a drug called phenylbutazone – commonly known as bute. Phenylbutazone is banned for use in any animal intended for human consumption because it can cause toxic reactions in humans. Mechanisms to ensure the removal of horses treated with substances such as bute from the food chain are inadequate at best.
We are calling on you to help raise awareness and support Bill C-322 to put a halt to the cruel and dangerous horse meat industry.
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