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Inhumane horse slaughter happens, despite CFIA

Re: “CFIA present in federally-registered horse slaughter facilities, compliance,” (The Hill Times, May 26, p. 8 ). Once again, we are treated to a form letter from Dr. Martine Dubuc and Dr. Harpreet Kochar of the CFIA. They skirt the core issue: that most horses slaughtered in Canada have received drugs that disqualify them from the human food chain. They would rather talk about not finding toxic residues in a situation where residue testing is not even applicable. Let me quote world experts: “It is not possible to establish a lower limit of toxicity for Phenylbutazone,” according to the European Medicines Agency and European Food Safety Authority, April 2013. What part of that is so hard to understand? Horse slaughter is very much a human health, food safety, and liability issue.

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Inhumane horse slaughter happens, despite CFIA

Re: “CFIA present in federally-registered horse slaughter facilities, compliance,” (The Hill Times, May 26, p. 8 ). Once again, we are treated to a form letter from Dr. Martine Dubuc and Dr. Harpreet Kochar of the CFIA. They skirt the core issue: that most horses slaughtered in Canada have received drugs that disqualify them from the human food chain. They would rather talk about not finding toxic residues in a situation where residue testing is not even applicable. Let me quote world experts: “It is not possible to establish a lower limit of toxicity for Phenylbutazone,” according to the European Medicines Agency and European Food Safety Authority, April 2013. What part of that is so hard to understand? Horse slaughter is very much a human health, food safety, and liability issue.

  

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE