Canadian Bill Would Tighten Slaughter Regulations

by | 04.01.2014 | 7:27pm

Humane groups are calling on Canadians for support for a bill that would introduce new regulations to the country's horse slaughter industry.

Bill C-571, which has advanced to a second reading, would prohibit horses that have received certain substances from entering the human food chain. Currently, a lifetime health record is supposed to be presented for any horse sent to slaughter but backers of the bill believe that the existing law is not serving its purpose of preventing certain substances from entering the food chain.

The European Union, where most horse meat is sent, has a list of substances not approved for use in animals raised for human consumption. Experts say the vast majority of slaughtered horses were not raised for that purpose, and the resulting meat is unsafe for people to eat.

Read more at HorseTalk New Zealand

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