Bill C-322

An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption)

This bill was tabled by Alex Atamanenko on Oct. 6, 2011.

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  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
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Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals and Meat Inspection

    Mr. Speaker, I have another petition in support of my Bill C-322, which calls upon the House of Commons to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act, thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, as well as horse meat products for human consumption.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the last petition has over 100 names in support of my Bill C-322 mainly from Calgary, Alberta. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals and Meat Inspection

    Mr. Speaker, my second petition is signed by thousands across the country in support of my Bill C-322, to prohibit the importation or exportation of horsemeat for human consumption. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals and Meat Inspection

    Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions. The first, signed by hundreds of Canadians from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, is offering support for my Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption) thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption as well as horsemeat products for human consumption.

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals and Meat Inspection

    Mr. Speaker, I have another 200 signatures, this time from Ontario, in support of my Bill C-322. The petition basically states that, because horses are ordinarily kept and treated as sport and companion animals and are not raised primarily as food-producing animals and are commonly administered drugs that are strictly prohibited from being used in the food chain, petitioners call upon us here in the House of Commons to bring and adopt into legislation Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act, thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, as well as horsemeat products for human consumption.

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, I have two sets of petitions to present. ... more

    March 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, I have two sets of petitions. ... more

    Feb. 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > PETITIONS > Health of Animals Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present. The first petition has hundreds of signatures in support of my Bill C-322, which would prohibit the import or export of horses for slaughter for human consumption.

    Dec. 12, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, I have around 100 signatures from folks in Ontario who want to support Bill C-322, an act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act, thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, as well as horsemeat products for human consumption. ... more

    Nov. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from folks from Ontario, B.C. and Alberta, with over 450 names of people who support my Bill C-322. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the third petition is in support of my Bill C-322. ... more

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the third petition is in support of my Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption). ... more

    Oct. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Charlton
    Chris Charlton spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table two petitions today in support of Bill C-322, a bill that was tabled by my friend and NDP colleague, the member for British Columbia Southern Interior. ... more

    Oct. 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Bill C-322

    Mr. Speaker, my last petition is from residents of the Victoria area, supporting private member's Bill C-322, to ensure that under the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act we prohibit the importation and use of horses for slaughter for human consumption.

    Oct. 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have over 1,000 names supporting my Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act. The signatures are from people right across Canada who want this act, which would prohibit the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, as well as horse meat products for human consumption.

    Sept. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present two petitions. ... more

    Sept. 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Horse Meat Products

    Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed mostly by people in the region of Sarnia, Ontario, who wish to call attention to the fact that Canadian horse meat products that are currently being sold for human consumption in domestic and international markets are likely to contain prohibited substances. They call upon the House to bring forward and adopt into legislation Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption).

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals and Meat Inspection

    Madam Speaker, I have two petitions that support my bill, Bill C-322. The petitioners state that horses are ordinarily kept and treated as sport and companion animals, that horses are not raised primarily as food-producing animals, and that horsemeat products sold for human consumption are likely to contain prohibited substances. The petitioners therefore call upon the House of Commons to pass my bill to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act.

    June 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the second set of petitions, which number more than 200 from right across the country, are in support of my bill, Bill C-322. ... more

    June 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Meat Inspection

    Mr. Speaker, the third petition is in support of my Bill C-322. ... more

    June 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dennis Bevington
    Dennis Bevington spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present the following petition. ... more

    May 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, the next two petitions that I am presenting come from residents of British Columbia. The first petition is from people in the Vancouver area and the second is from people in the Kamloops area. ... more

    April 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dennis Bevington
    Dennis Bevington spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Health of Animals Act

    Madam Speaker, I am presenting a petition from a number of Canadians who state that as the undersigned citizens, they draw the attention of the House to the following: that horses are ordinarily kept and treated as sport and companion animals, that horses are not raised primarily as food-producing animals, that horses are commonly administered drugs that are strictly prohibited from being used at any time in all other food-producing animals destined for the human food supply and that Canadian horsemeat products currently being sold for human consumption in domestic and international markets are likely to contain prohibited substances. Therefore, the petitions call on the House of Commons to bring forward and adopt into legislation Bill C-322, an act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption), thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption.

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of José Nunez-Melo
    José Nunez-Melo spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Madam Speaker, it is my privilege and honour to present a petition signed by a number of Canadians regarding Bill C-322. As you know, animal welfare is closely related to the health of Canadians. That is why I am honoured to present such a petition.

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Animal Welfare

    Mr. Speaker, I have a petition with hundreds of names in support of my bill C-322. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
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