Alert! Horse Apartheid

A dear friend just sent this to me:  Amendments (as of Nov 9/11) made to the Meat Inspection Act of 1990 include repealing Section 33 which heretofore segregated the rendering of horsemeat from the rendering of other animal meat.  If this is true, then the reason horsemeat had originally been kept separate will return:  it will accidentally or by human error become mixed in with other meat products sold to consumers.  Go here

The meat inspection Act (Canada) has been amended as of October 27, 2011. 
http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2011/2011-11-09/html/sor-dors234-eng.html
Repeal certain obsolete and redundant requirements;
Repeal horse segregation provision section 33, related to segregation of horse meat in registered establishments, providing more flexibility to operators.
If you scroll down to the Analysis, it states that this and the many other amendments listed were made to make life easier for slaughterhouse operators who are generally small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMO’s), and they can’t afford to meet the high standards of the CFIA.   Also, it states that those who produce meat for sale within their own province will no longer need a federal license to operate whereas those who export their products will still require  federal licenses. This opens the door to potential corruption (and deceit…again) because it would be easy to mis-label horsemeat products as having been produced in a federal abattoir when, in fact, they were produced by a non-licensed one.  It will also give free rein to Quebec and Alberta to sell without any federal safeguards at all.
Please write your MP right now and copy the following:

Mr. David Spicer
Director
Regulatory, Legislative and Economic Affairs
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Telephone: 613-773-5889
Fax: 613-773-5960
Email: David.Spicer@inspection.gc.ca

Mr. Richard Arsenault
Director
Meat Programs Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Telephone: 613-773-6156
Fax: 613-773-6281
Email: Richard.Arsenault@inspection.gc.ca

 

7 Comments

  1. SAM
    Jan 3, 2012

    Another door to coruption for sure. We have 4 FED horse-slaughter plants in Canada now. And Licence or not, not one follows the rules anyways. All a question of greed & $ money. Agriculture farm owners, Pro-slaughter people seem to get what they want, but when we canadien citizens speake up for the welfare of farm animals and/or slaughter bound horses, we are not actually heard at-all, even Alex .A. who created BILL C-322 has to fight his way through. Why the contridiction every time we know whats wrong and whats right. Horses are Pets, not Livestock & shouldn,t be in the food-chain. Shame on Canada for selling Toxic horse-meat. (BILL C-322) tks

    • Cynthia
      Jan 3, 2012

      True, licensed or not, abattoirs will exist and continue to disregard the law. The point is that when the CFIA is mandated to oversee, we have legal recourse. This repealing of Section 33 means that there is no legal or legislative way of stopping, or even sanctioning, those abattoirs which are left to their own cruel devices. That’s why in a prior email, I asked everyone to knock on MAPAQ’s door and find out how they intend to handle/oversee this. As le bon Jack Layton said: “don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.” We will find a way through this.

  2. SAM
    Jan 4, 2012

    I think i,m getting to understand more. Tks Cynthia. This is all wrong, mixing Equines with cattle, ect. OMG! Whats next? Dog and cats!?
    Stupidness
    Will MAPAQ do something, i wonder. Can they fine cruelty in these small/medium industries. I don,t know anymore? Tks for all you do. (S)

    • Cynthia
      Jan 4, 2012

      Yes, it’s all wrong. I’ll credit MAPAQ with this however: as soon as they found out about the rogue farmers slaughtering their own horses and livestock with “l’abattage au bout de la pelle”, MAPAQ moved quickly to stop it. Even if they acted quickly for economic reasons, the fact is that their concern was also for the environment since the horse carcasses were not only left to rot in farmers’ back fields, but wolves were getting obese from eating them.

      • Cynthia
        Jan 4, 2012

        Btw, those rogue farmer-slaughterers were reported about in La Terre de chez nous in their April 2009 issue. La Terre de chez nous is a well-balanced Quebec agricultural newspaper. I learned a lot about the Quebec farming industry from La Terre as background for my book, Ground Manners. A Novel. (Just wanted to source that info for you.)

  3. Theresa Nolet
    Apr 6, 2012

    Good day Cynthia just received an email response from Dr.Brian Evans of CFIA in response to an email I had sent him. His response is dated April 5th, 2012 and here is a quote “it is not factual that horses can be slaughtered at any slaughterhouse in Canada. Any facility wishing to slaughter horses for export to other countries or for interprovincial trade of horsemeat is required to be federally registered with the CFIA. As with all meat products sold in Canada and exported to foreign markets,horsemeat must be properly segregated from meat of any other species of animal”
    Obviously Dr. Evans is unaware of the elimination of section 33 out of the regulations! Just thought you would find this of interest.

    • Cynthia
      Apr 6, 2012

      Hi Theresa and thanks for this. Of course any statement by a government spokesperson, however mendacious or ignorant, is of interest to me. Since the repealing of Section 33 was announced in the Canada Gazette, an organ, or rather, publication of the federal government (as far as I know), I can’t fathom his reasoning. He does, however, try to focus on “foreign and interprovincial” export, but this doesn’t alter what was announced. I’ll write more on this shortly. Thanks again.

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