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Stop the export of Canadian sheep for cruel ritual slaughtering

In October of last year, for the first time in Singapore, Canadian lambs were killed in the annual korban ritual during Hari Raya Haji celebrations. Identifying a need for another supply chain, Singapore had explored Canada as an additional source of sacrificial animals. The Canadian Federal Government obliged and 500 lambs were shipped to their inhumane deaths. This method of ritual killing has been increasingly criticized due to animal welfare concerns. The animals slaughtered are primarily goats and sheep who are killed by having their throats cut while fully conscious. New Zealand has already banned the live export of animals for slaughter, and Australia appears to be well on its way to doing the same.

The BC SPCA’s position statement for humane killing includes “In reference to slaughter of farm animals, it is imperative for animals to be rendered unconscious and insensible to pain prior to slaughter, notwithstanding religious or ethnic custom.” They further state that scientific evidence indicates there are greater risks of suffering of animals during ritual slaughter conducted without prior stunning than for conventional slaughter; this suffering is due to increased restraint, pain experienced during throat cutting, and pain and stress experienced by the conscious animal during subsequent bleeding out. 

Even a draft document of the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep (2013) states that the acceptable methods of euthanasia for sheep are gunshot, penetrating captive bolt, non-penetrating captive bolt guns, IV barbiturate overdoes, and blunt force trauma. Being slaughtered alive by using a knife to their throats is not stated as an acceptable procedure.

Sign this petition and tell the Canadian Government that Canadian sheep should not be exported for purposes of religious ritual. No religion and no balance sheet should ever justify cruelty to another living being.

Further readings:

http://www.mfablog.ca/2013/12/canadian-lambs-to-slaughter-killings-too-cruel-for-australia-but-a-ok-for-canada.html

http://www.spca.bc.ca/assets/documents/welfare/position-statements/humane-killing.pdf

http://app.mccy.gov.sg/Newsroom/PQonPlansforKorbanLivestockSupply.aspx

http://www.meskorban.com.sg/singapore/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/JKMS-Media-Statement-Korban-2013.pdf

http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/canadian-lambs-sold-out-korban-21-mosques-hold-ritual-mark-hari-raya-haji

http://www.stasiareport.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/canadian-lambs-sold-out-korban-21-mosques-hold-ritual-mark-hari-raya-h#sthash.0mw4czWJ.dpuf

This petition was delivered to:
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, and Dr. Bruce Archibald, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency


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