An important piece of legislation on food safety is on the agenda May 13 in the Canadian Parliament. In the final hours this evening, the Chamber is placing its attention on a bill by NDP MP Alex Atamanenko that wishes to impose certain limits on the horse slaughter industry. This subject has been widely talked about recently in Canada and, of course, the United States.
This piece of legislation is known in the Canadian Parliament as C-571 – An Act to Amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act and its focus is on slaughter of horses for the end result for human consumption.
C-571 intends to modify the Meat Inspect Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act. It seeks to prohibit the shipping of horses between provinces, as well as to prohibit the import or the export of horses or other equines “for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.”
In addition, this bill does make exception for horses raised primarily for human consumption provided lifetime and accurate chronological medical records The bill would also provide for an exemption in the cases of horses or other equines raised primarily for human consumption so long as lifetime chronological medical treatment records are available and go with each equine.
It is expected that a vote will take place on Wednesday, May 15, in order to send on the bill to the Health Committee for further review.
The legislation is sponsored by Alex Atamanenko of the British Columbia Southern Interior.
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