Minister Ted McMeekin and Mayor Wayne Emmerson: Shut Down the Cruel Stouffville Livestock Market
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Minister Ted McMeekin and Mayor Wayne Emmerson: Shut Down the Cruel Stouffville Livestock Market

    1. Heather Clemenceau
    2. Petition by

      Heather Clemenceau

      Uxbridge, Canada

The Stouffville Market, located northeast of Toronto in York Region, has a large and comprehensive vegetable market, they’ve been hiding a dirty little secret from the nearby community. The Stouffville Market also houses a livestock area that is open-for-business from 3am – 11am on Saturdays most months of the year.

Despite having an excellent vegetable market on the same premises, the livestock area reminds one of a third-world livestock market where animals are constricted in tiny cages unable to move, then stuffed into onion bags awaiting a horrible fate at some other location. The livestock market is also a fire hazard as both patrons and sellers smoke openly around straw-filled cages. 

Stacks of poultry cages, packed with live birds, fill the area – most of these birds and other animals won’t sell today and will be shipped back in these cages. We witnessed these plastic “cages” being flung onto the pavement at the market in the early morning, the birds inside utterly commoditized. The market is a little shop of horrors in the early morning too, where customers wait in the shadows at 3am to make their purchases.  What reputable vendor would toss used-up birds out on the road or in ditches in onion sacks to drown or slowly die?
Vendors barter and patrons go home with chickens, rabbits, and ducks stuffed into onion sacks, where they are put into the trunks of cars. This is November, but I’m sure the practice of putting animals in trunks occurs during the oppressive heat of July as well. We would be outraged at the sight of a dog being put into a trunk or left in a hot car, but where is the outrage here? The problem is that few people, outside of the ethnic community it serves, even know that this market exists.

Small dead pigs, laid out on flattened cardboard boxes, are so close to all of these chickens and the prodding fingers of prospective purchasers who may have just visited the livestock area and handled a chicken. Cross-contamination is also a risk.

The market is a disgrace and a blight on the community.  They know that they are not permitted to sell hoofstock yet they thumb their noses at regulations.  Some vendors appear to be selling Mallard ducks as well,  which they assert are Call ducks.  This issue remains in contention because Call ducks are usually smaller,  stockier,  with shorter  bills and necks.  We are of the opinion that these are Mallard ducks.  To report infractions,  please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources or call 905.336.4464 for the Canadian wildlife service, and 1.877.847.7667 for infractions.

Please sign the Petition to close down the livestock market.

https://heatherclemenceau.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/small-town-stouffvilles-dirty-little-secret/#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MNInQXOczw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

 

To:
Minister Ted McMeekin
Mayor Wayne Emmerson
Shut Down the Cruel Stouffville Livestock Market

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Minister Ted McMeekin responds:

      Minister Ted McMeekin

      Thank you for this opportunity to respond to the concerns that have been raised with respect to the Stouffville Livestock Market.

      Our government takes allegations of the mistreatment, abuse and neglect of animals very seriously. Report...


    3. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Phaedra Rueckwart KESWICK, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      All forms of animal cruelty and mis treatment need to be stopped! Especially in a culture of "civilized, advanced" people that Canada claims to be!

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    • Judith Crowell OSHAWA, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      How we treat all creatures is a reflection of who we are as a whole. This type of practice is not acceptable and there are more humane ways to handle the food we eat.

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    • Louise Paterson STOUFFVILLE, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      Years ago when I was a kid they use to have livestock at the Stouffville Market. I don't recall any of this inhumane treatment of animals. Why are people so cruel these days? I am ashamed to say I'm "human" when I ready articles like this.

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    • James McPhee BADEN, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      This just absolutely disgusts me, this is happening in the small town I grew up in and it needs to be shut down now!!! This is not the appropriate venue for this kind of thing to take place at. It's not only cruel to the animals but you are risking introducing bacteria and viruses to the general population.

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      • 6 months ago

      Civilize this world!!!

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