Alex Atamanenko’s horse slaughter bill comes to a vote next week in the House of Commons.
The New Democrat MPP was joined by a U-S State Senator and the owner of Chesapeake Petroleum at a news conference this week supporting the bill.
Atamanenko describes Senator Joseph Abruzzo and Victoria McCullough as the driving forces behind the U-S Congress’ recent decision to keep America’s slaughter house doors closed to horses.
McCullough says horses coming to Canada form the U-S are not farm-to-table.
She says the risks being presented to human health in the current system can’t be understated.
The New Democrat MP says there are a long list of toxic drugs commonly administered to most Canadian and U-S horses over the course of their lives.
He argues those drugs are not approved for use in food animals.
Atamanenko says his bill would ensure the same safety standards and accountability required for all animals intended for the human food chain in Canada are applied to horses.