Horse Slaughter Bill Vote In Ottawa Next Week


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.


  1. cheryl bowe

    May 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

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  2. R.T. Fitch

    May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    All of we equine advocates south of the border are hoping that this bill passes successfully! This would lead to drying up the market for U.S. Horses crossing the border for slaughter.

    • Priscilla

      May 11, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Hi RT,
      If we can stop the horses from going across Canada, Would be a great mile stone. How do we stop them from going to Mexico, I thought they were worse.
      I was told the AQHA isn’t breeding like people claim. How many are going to slaughter? NOt that it matters, 1 is 1 too many. It would be for information use.
      I know we still have the PMU horses, race horse industry, who else.
      Thanks for all you do, take care stay, safe

  3. Shane Destry

    May 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    It is very important that the horse slaughter trade be abolished! This is not simply about protecting horses from the inherent inhumane practices of horse transport to slaughter and slaughter itself. It is of vital urgency to protect human health by not having horses enter the food chain !As horses are not raised for food, they have carcinogens from medications in their system. They also test frequently for toxoplasmosis.

  4. Nancy Kurinec (Storm)

    May 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    2/3’s of the horses going to slaughter in Canada come from the US which does not in any way, shape or form raise horses as a food animal. More than 50% of these horses are coming from a livestock auction or feedlot situation where their complete lifetime medical history, required by the EU, is an unknown so Kill buyers and feedlot owners falsify the EID paperwork claiming the horses havent received any of the banned substances.

  5. Gina Powell

    May 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    The records of horses going to slaughter are often inaccurate. The horse racing industry is a large contributor to the slaughterhouse where racehorses are routinely drugged. The environmental impact of a horse slaughterhouse is devastating. It’s time to BAN the antiquated sport of horse racing. It’s time to BAN horse slaughter.


    May 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What about cattle? What about pigs? .We gotta eat, might just as well use horse meat, it’s prolly pretty good on the BBQ.

    • Janine

      May 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Sadly cattle and pigs and lambs are bred for consuming. Horses however are not. The drugs often given to ex race horses or event horses are NOT fit for human use. These drugs are dangerous. There is no need for horse slaughter in any country.

  7. Talia Sofizade

    May 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Atamenko is a fool and clearly knows nothing about horse slaughter. The horses going to slaughter are not bred for slaughter, they are unwanted, unmanageable, injured or not good enough for what the owner demands. They are animals who have been given, as Mcullough says drugs that would make them unsafe for human consumption. If Atamenko’s 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 then that would mean breeding horses specifically for consumption. Which I doubt would be profitable. His bill is irrelevant and they are better off closing down horse slaughter plants, not only because it is an unbelievably cruel practice, but also to protect human health

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