Thousands of signatures collected in favor of C-544; Town of Marathan passes Resolution in support
The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition reports:
On September 13th, the Corporation of the Town of Marathon, Ontario unanimously passed a resolution in support of Bill C-544, which amends the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act to prohibit the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, and of horse-meat products for human consumption. Marathon, located on the north shore of Lake Superior, is the economic hub between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario.
The CHDC applauds Mayor Dumas and all Council members of Marathon for their support. The resolution also includes that a copy of the motion be forwarded to Northwestern Ontario Municipal Assocation (NOMA) requesting distribution to fellow municipalities seeking support of the resolution. The CHDC and its members invite other Canadian cities, towns, municipalities, and all levels of government to lend their backing to Bill C-544:
The CHDC has been hearing from supporters across Canada, who have been successful in collecting signatures to present to their MPs. One such diligent advocate in Victoria, BC has collected over 1,100 signatures! Another avid horse advocate in Vancouver has collected 1,700 signatures within a 50-mile radius, through pet nutrition stores. She reports that the greatest support has come from BC’s horse community,
“It seems the people most aware of horse slaughter, are the ones who most want it to stop.” A horse rescue in St. Thomas, Ontario has over 300 signatures. There are many more country-wide examples of people gaining grass roots support through their petitioning efforts. The CHDC says a Big Thank You to everyone for their hard work for the horses. Keep it up!!
We are aware that some MPs may not be supportive of Bill C-544. It has been suggested by MP Alex Atamanenko’s office, that to ensure your petitions are accounted for and read in Parliament, ALL petitions can be forwarded to his office.
We thank fellow animal welfare organization Humane Society International (HSI) for being instrumental in gathering names and signatures on this bill. Since they already have a tabulation of many Canada-wide supporters, HSI is assisting to keep track of all support efforts across the country. After you send in your petitions to MP Atamanenko, please notify your MP of your actions, and take the time to write a letter or email to say why you’re supporting this bill and the number of names you’ve gathered.
Also, please notify HSI how many signatures were gathered, and in what riding. If you have already sent in your petitions to your MP, please follow up with them and ask that they be tabled in the House of Commons. Please notify HSI with details of your petitions. If you have sent in your petitions or copies to the CHDC, we will ensure they are tabulated together with the others. By accomplishing this tabulation, we will ensure all signatures are properly accounted for, and that all petitions get tabled. Please click on these links to access the new petitions:
http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/pdf/chdcpetition2010.pdf (English version) or http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/pdf/healthpetitionfr.pdf (French version).
Finally, we are extending the petitioning deadline until DECEMBER 31, 2010. This gives people time to continue communication with their MPs, and gives time for a second MP to re-introduce the bill in Parliament.
Here is a link to find your MP:
MP Alex Atamanenko
337 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, BC V1N 1G6
Humane Society International (HSI) – Canada
372 Ste-Catherine O/W Suite 319
Montreal, QC H3B 1A2
Tel: 514-395-2914 (EST-5h)