Canada has proposed a bill that would end horse slaughter for human consumption in the country. Additionally, the bill would stop the import and export of horses for slaughter from other countries, including the United States.
Bill C-544 was proposed by Alex Atamenko, a Member of Parliament representing the British Columbia Southern Interiors. Atamenko’s bill details several primary reasons to ban slaughter, with emphasis on the fact that horses are primarily used for sport and recreation and are not raised specifically for meat. Additionally, horses are frequently administered prohibited substances that can often be found in the meat.
According to Atamenko’s website, at least 50 percent of the horses being slaughtered in Canada are imported from the United States.
The complete bill is available on the Canadian Parliament’s website.