URGENT: BAN RITUAL AND UNSTUNNED SLAUGHTER!
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URGENT: Canada needs better treatment and slaughter methods of animals now, due to increased demand for ritual and/or unstunned slaughter.
ANIMALS ARE FULLY CONSCIOUS AS THEIR THROAT ARE BEING SLIT AND ARE LEFT BLEEDING TO DEATH!
Please take action to STOP immediately this unnecessary cruelty now!!!
This mission was triggered by an article read in the Ottawa Citizen on February 24th that was published previously in the Edmonton Journal on January 29th, 2018, regarding of the increased demand for halal meat (please refer to the link below - Alberta's 'best kept secret': Beef producers chase halal market.)
A few of my goals are to raise awareness of what are Halal, Kosher or other similar type of ritual/traditional slaughtering practiced by people with or without a specific faith/religion and regardless of culture leading to one of the requests to become law throughout Canada for all animals to be stunned before any types of slaughter no matter the culture and/or faith/religion, and not killed in full view of other animals. It is distressing to other animals, morally wrong and unnecessarily cruel.
Denmark (Independent 24th, Feb 2014), Iceland (Iceland Review, Jan 30th, 2014) and the Netherlands (Reuters, June 28th, 2011) have banned ritual slaughter such as Halal and Kosher cruel slaughtering if animals are not stunned. And starting September 1st, 2019, the Walloon region in Belgium the ban will take in effect if the animal is not stunned. (Independent, May 08th, 2017). On January 27th, 2017 in a press conference in France, Marine Le Pen, if she was elected, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning. (JTA, 25th April 2017). To name a few, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland impose stunning before slaughter.
After reading this petition and looking at the videos, you can make a choice about what you want to do as a consumer and/or lifestyle choices.
Before you start reading
WARNING: You will find age restricted descriptive and explicit videos that are hard to watch. Some paragraphs also have explicit information that may be not suitable for everybody. Thank you.
A- Videos (all 3 videos are age restricted, please do not let children watch)
B - conscious vs rendering unconscious slaughtering (explicit description)
C - Requests
D - What you can do meanwhile the Government acts
E - Resources and information
Alberta's 'best kept secret': Beef producers chase halal market:
In conclusion to the above article, in my opinion, it is about greed and cruelty.
A - Videos ( age restricted, do not let children watch)
So, what is halal meat, how is the animal slaughtered?
VIDEOS - all 3 videos are age restricted, please do not let children watch.
⦁ This video starts by showing the Western humane "Bolt Gun" method of instant slaughter. The remainder of the video then shows the Islamic Halal method of slaughter. Halal is the Sharia Law prescribed method of ritual killing involving the cutting of animals throats and letting them bleed to death. Halal killed animal products are being pushed into the mainstream consumer production of animal stuffs and taken up by the likes of Mc Donnalds and other well known fast food outlets. Are you eating according to Islam's Sharia without your knowledge? Contains graphic and upsetting content. Please don't let children watch
Notice: Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)
⦁ Non stun Halal slaughter house (age restricted video)
⦁ See the complete graphic footage which was shared in the Toronto Star article: Filming through an open window at the back of the Ryding-Regency slaughterhouse, footage obtained clearly shows a large brown cow thrashing about on the floor, trying to get up, as blood gushes out of a gaping wound on her neck. A black-and-white cow similarly struggles on the floor, while a worker bends over and cuts her throat. Cows hoisted upside down, dangling from one leg, appear to be still conscious with their eye lids opening and closing, while workers tear off the skin from their faces with knives. It is illegal to hoist a conscious cow in Canada. Blood is everywhere. Dr. Armaiti May, a California-based veterinarian who watched the video, commented: “I was horrified to see fully conscious, alert cows writhing and flailing in agony as the blood drained from their slit throats.”
B - Conscious vs rendered unconscious by stunning
Animals not rendered unconscious before being bled to death in ritual slaughtering.
The longest time reported for an animal to die while fully conscious was six minutes for cattle, almost twice that time for calves at eleven minutes, and five minutes for sheep.
The pain that a conscious animal experiences at the time of its throat being slit is assumed to be intense…The amount of pain will vary depending on the type of animal.
A slit throat is in itself painful:
• The incision provokes a nociceptive reaction causing extreme pain;
• the contraction of the muscle at the point of the incision has to be extremely painful;
• blood will fill the lungs provoking a sensation of drowning...
The length of time it takes for an animal (that has not been stunned) to become unconscious is a result of many factors:
• the constriction of the arteries compensates for the loss of blood and causes an increase in the heart rate;
• where cattle is concerned, the vertebral arteries are not cut when the incision is done …; different anastomosis (channels) between the vertebral and cervical arteries allow the vertebral arteries to continue bringing blood to the brain even after the carotid artery has been cut;
• other factors may contribute to the time an animal remains conscious e.g. a clot in the carotid artery...
Rendering an animal unconscious is both the beginning and the end of its suffering when conventional methods are used, in the ritual slaughter of an animal, unconsciousness comes much later.
During this period, which varies among types of animals: the animal, in a conscious state, will be subjected to many painful procedures, some related to the incision made by the person performing the sacrifice, others by the irregular, abrupt and jerky nature of the ritual.
Modern, non-traditional slaughtering methods use what is commonly referred to as a captive bolt pistol to render the animal unconscious prior to slaughter “to prevent the pain and suffering of the animal during the bleeding (exsanguination) process (which is itself necessary to prevent meat spoilage) during butchering.
The principle behind captive bolt stunning is a forceful strike on the forehead using a bolt to induce unconsciousness.
C - Recommendations
As previously mentioned, Denmark (Independent 24th, Feb 2014), Iceland (Iceland Review, Jan 30th, 2014) and the Netherlands (Reuters, June 28th, 2011) have banned ritual slaughter such as Halal and Kosher cruel slaughtering if animals are not stunned. And starting September 1st, 2019, the Walloon region in Belgium the ban will take in effect if the animal is not stunned. (Independent, May 08th, 2017). On January 27th, 2017 in a press conference in France, Marine Le Pen, if she was elected, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning. (JTA, 25th April 2017). To name a few, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland impose stunning before slaughter.
Even a member of our Monarchy, Prince Charles imposed the order, due to the cruel way birds are force-fed to make them meatier therefore, the duck or goose liver paté been banned from royal residences since 2008. (Daily Mail, 26 Feb 2008).
Sections 444 to 447 of Canada's Criminal Code constitute Canada's primary federal animal protection legislation. However, animal agriculture is generally exempt from anti-cruelty and duty of care provisions of provincial animal welfare legislation. There is no federal legislation specifically regulating animal testing.
Therefore, with the rapid increase of practising this cruel ritual slaughter methods it only means that we urgently need better and clearer established federal legislation and regulation put into practice throughout all the Canadian provinces and territories. Why? The Canadian halal market is worth $1 billion annually, and climbing - Edmonton Journal - January 29th, 2018 ( see link that follows).
To be more specific, here are 6 recommendations to start with but not limited to:
1. All animals must be stunned before any type of slaughter, no matter the culture and/or religion/faith and not killed in full view of other animals. It is distressing to animals morally wrong and unnecessarily cruel.
2. Everybody that work in slaughter houses, needs to be trained, legal of age, use proper tools and venues that have been inspected a minimum of once a year or as needed, approved and licensed and need to follow the recommendations of the Canadian Federation of Human Societies (CFHS).
3. There are also concerns about large quantities of meat being sold without any indication of how the animal was slaughtered therefore consumers must be told what they are buying by putting a sticker to indicate if the animal was stunned, unstunned before slaughter and the type of ritual if any, the slaughter house name, address, website and any other coordinates where they can be contacted.
4. That the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) demands be granted:
'...The 'humane' slaughter of farm animals is of great concern to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). Canada’s current humane slaughter regulations are weak, and enforcement of these regulations is inadequate...CFHS demands that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) be given more authority and resources to oversee the slaughter of farm animals, and for this agency to take the responsibility of enforcing existing regulations more seriously...'
5. laws around animal slaughter in Canada are approved by the Canadian Federation of Human Societies (CFHS) and regultations are followed regardless the culture and /or religion/faith.
The Canadian Meat Inspection Act requires that animals used for food be handled so that they do not experience “avoidable distress or avoidable pain”. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of enforcing this law. The term “avoidable” can be subjective and is up to the judgment of authorities at the slaughter facility. Pain can be decreased but not avoidable.
Read more at: https://www.cfhs.ca/farm_animal_slaughter_in_canada
6. to ban all sale, all import, all export of all meats that have not been stunned before slaughtering meaning there has to be a legal provincial and or a federal proof by certification that the animal has been stunned before being sold, imported and exported. (added on 2018-03-14)
D - Meanwhile, what you can do
You don't have to wait for the Government to intervene:
⦁ You can stop these atrocities now by voting with your wallet and BOYCOTTING the animal agriculture industry. STOP supporting this cruelty. Help shut down the most violent places on the planet! In this website you will find the chains that provide, sell halal meat: https://www.zabihah.com/chn/ca Also search the web for Kosher meat providers.
⦁ If you eat cows, you can help by no longer paying for animals to be killed in their infancy: Veal calves are killed at 1-24 weeks, beef cows are killed at 18 months and mother “dairy” cows are killed at around 4 years. Average life expectancy of a cow is 15-20 years. Devoted mother cows bellow frantically for their calves who are snatched away. They mourn their loss for weeks. You can also no longer pay for other type of animals killed in their infancy.
⦁ If ever you want to decrease meat consumption or you are curious or interested in vegetarian or vegan eating and lifestyle, you can switch to a whole foods plant based diet and live cruelty free! Save the animals, the planet and your health. Go to www.veg.ca to take the veggie challenge and for more information.
E - a few resources and information
⦁ ‘No more silence about the torture of animals.'
Toronto Star published an article on Dec 21 2017 by journalist Linda McQuaig exposing horrific cruelty at Ryding-Regency Meat Packers captured by Len Goldberg, Chris McGinn and Toronto Cow Save activists.
⦁ The Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The regulatory agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): 1-800-442-2342 and ask them to take action or contact them using their feedback form: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/contact-us/eng/1299860523723/1299860643049
⦁ Humane handling and slaughter of food animals in Canada
'Canadian law requires that all federally registered slaughter establishments ensure that all species of food animals are handled and slaughtered ' humanely....'
⦁ 49 Chains that provide or serve Halal products (search on the web can be done also for Kosher products)
⦁ for restaurants, just call to see if they are serving Halal meat, they should tell you.
⦁ Animal rights?
⦁ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
⦁ Compassion for animals (Happy Cow)
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