A bill that would have curbed horse slaughter has been defeated in the House of Commons.
Horse slaughter is still not happening in the United States because of political opposition.
The vote was 155 to 102 on the bill presented by NDP MP Alex Atamanenko of British Columbia.
He sought amendments to the federal Meat Inspection Act and Safe Food for Canadians Act to ban inter-provincial shipment of horses for slaughter.
That would have also stopped imports from the United States.
The bill would have exempted horses raised “primarily for human consumption and… accompanied by a medical record that contains its standardized description and a complete lifetime record, in chronological order, of the medical treatments it has received.”