MP Alex Atamanenko has expressed his disappointment regarding parliament’s defeat of his Bill C-571.

Atamanenko disappointed in horsemeat bill failure

Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to committee stage.

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior has expressed his disappointment regarding parliament’s defeat of his Bill C-571 through which he hoped to overhaul the horsemeat industry in the interests of food safety.

In a written release from Ottawa, Atamanenko said “I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horsemeat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.”

He went on to say that horses are commonly and even routinely administered a long list of common medications labelled as toxic and not intended for use in food animals because no safe limits or withdrawals periods have been established.

“Unlike the cattle industry where food production is its primary purpose, the horse slaughter for meat industry mainly exists to dispose of the industrial by-product from the equine sporting industry where abuse and overuse of drugs is rampant,” he wrote.

By presenting arguments based on food safety, science and legal accountability, renowned international equestrian Victoria McCullough and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo recently effected a nearly unanimous and non-partisan decision in the US Congress to keep American slaughterhouses closed to horses.

“It is striking that Canada’s parliament just voted to ignore the same science and facts to give priority to industry profits.”

Atamanenko thanked all his MP colleagues that supported the bill.

 

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