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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, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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