Election 2011 – what you can do to help horses!
Dear Horse Defenders,
The federal election is just around the corner, and we can use this opportunity to bring the issue of horse slaughter to the forefront.
On behalf of the horses we fight for it is our hope that you would take a few minutes to send the form letter shown below to each of the candidates in your riding. Please feel free to modify it as you see fit.
Your local candidate can be found here:
Please forward any responses you receive to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
With the federal election pending, I would like clarification from you and your Party on an issue that is of great importance to me – the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
My view is that horses are companion animals and, as such, should never be slaughtered as a food item.
The cruelty inflicted upon these animals can be viewed here: http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/ChambersofCarnage.html.
I am also concerned about food safety, as horses are regularly given drugs that are known to be unsafe for human consumption. One of these drugs, Phenylbutazone, is strictly prohibited and should never have been administered to horses that are to be slaughtered for meat. In addition, virtually every dewormer or other equine medication has a warning printed on the label, “Not for use in food animals”. These concerns should be reason enough to ban the slaughter of horses in Canada.
As you may know, Bill C-544 was tabled by MP Alex Atamanenko in June 2010. This bill called for an outright ban on the import and export of horsemeat as well as the live export of horses for human consumption: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4633655&Language=e&Mode=1.
As a voter and a concerned citizen, I would like to hear from you regarding your views on horse slaughter.
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.