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animal cruelty

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Petition to John Horgan, Carole James, Lana Popham, Adrian Dix, Rich Coleman, Dr. Andrew Weaver, Lawrence MacAulay

Ban Battery Cages in British Columbia

What’s the first thing you see when you wake up? What if it was a cage? What if every single day you woke up, you saw a cage? Would you enjoy that? I know I wouldn’t, and I know the over two million egg laying hens in B.C. don’t enjoy it either. They also hate being crammed together in these cages with on average less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches). That tiny space is all they will ever have for their entire lives. They aren’t treated like living animals, they’re treated like machines. They aren’t given a proper place to lay their eggs, nor are anywhere to dustbathe or perch. These are natural behaviours that are important to them, and it is extremely stressful and uncomfortable when they cannot perform these behaviours. To make matters worse, instead of dustbathing, hens are often forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall from other hens in cages stacked above. The list of welfare risks and cruelties that these animals endure on a daily basis is endless, which is why it's up to us to call on the government to ban this cruel and dangerous practice. Please sign this petition to urge Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and the B.C. Government to ban battery cages in our egg industry. This would not only benefit millions of neglected hens, but it would also drastically lower the risk of salmonella infection for B.C. citizens. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in more than 20 countries found that eggs from battery caged hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Momentum is building in the cage-free movement. Major food chains such as Mcdonald’s, Subway, Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs in the future. Major grocers such as Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada have done the same. Recently, the Egg Farmers of Canada have pledged to end the use of battery cages by 2036. This is a big step in the right direction, but the 2036 timeline is ridiculously drawn-out. If the B.C. government truly cares about the safety of B.C. citizens and B.C. farm animals it must lead by example and ban caged housing in our egg industry, allowing a far shorter timeline. This is simply the right thing to do. - Ned Taylor UPDATE: Like our Facebook page to enhance the fight for a cage-free BC: https://www.facebook.com/Cage-Free-BC-1840004186274923/  Bibliography http://www.bcegg.com/farm-to-table/bc-egg-producers http://www.spca.bc.ca/animal-issues/farm-animal-welfare/farm-animals/egg-laying-hens.html http://www.choosecagefree.org/cage-free-benefits http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/97r http://www.humanefood.ca/battery.html  

Ned Taylor
59,049 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Michael Medline, Thrifty Foods

Eliminate live lobster tanks from your local Grocery stores!

This petition calls on major grocery chains including Sobeys Inc and those within its management (Thrifty Foods and Price Chopper) to end the use of live lobster tanks in stores across Canada.  Studies show that lobsters have more complex emotions/behaviours and awareness than first thought. The fact that they are solitary creatures and forced into tanks with dozens of other lobsters is stressful and unethical. These tanks have been around since my childhood, and thus have been normalized, but, when you think about it - a) we take these solitary creatures out of their natural environment, b) transport them for long periods of time, and c) store them in crowded tanks in stores for ‘a month or longer’ to then be boiled alive (staff are not allowed to ‘kill’ them before boiling them, and despite popular belief, they do not die immediately.) I understand that eliminating live lobster tanks is not a small undertaking but, it is possible! John Mackey, the reputable CEO of Whole Foods, a 16-billion dollar grocery store, immediately ceased selling live lobsters in-store, after a 7-month internal investigation, given that their findings did not satisfy their requirements for the ethical treatment of these crustaceans. They now will only sell frozen raw and cooked products from suppliers with strict guidelines for the humane treatment of lobster. At this time, their main supplier is Clearwater seafood out of Nova Scotia!  To be clear, the goal here is not to eliminate jobs or to reduce lobster fishing, as I know many families rely on this source of income, simply to fine tune the process to effectively reduce unnecessary animal suffering.  We are the dominant species, we have a responsibility to all other creatures, including lobsters! I have begun conversations with Sobeys’ sustainable team and, in an effort to show public support in this endeavour, I am asking that you:  1) Please sign and forward this petition to as many people as you can or 2) Contact your local grocery store manager 3) email jacquelin.corrado@sobeys.com to respectfully convey your request and/or 4) Express your concerns on site when shopping. Thank you for your support! 

Andrea Mcanany
19,249 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

URGENT: Canada needs better treatment and slaughter methods of animals now!

URGENT: Canada needs better treatment and slaughter methods of animals now, due to increased demand for ritual and/or unstunned slaughter. Why?... ANIMALS ARE FULLY CONSCIOUS AS THEIR THROAT ARE BEING SLIT AND ARE LEFT BLEEDING TO DEATH!!!  This is CRUEL and NOT ACCEPTABLE! We can't stop people from eating meat but PLEASE, take action to STOP immediately this unnecessary cruelty now and BAN ritual slaughter and/or unstunned slaughter! 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.  This is also NOT ACCEPTABLE! 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. Before you continue reading further: 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. Sections:A- Videos (all 3 videos are age restricted, please do not let children watch)B - conscious vs rendering unconscious slaughtering (explicit description)C - RequestsD - What you can do meanwhile the Government actsE - Resources and information 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.) Alberta's 'best kept secret': Beef producers chase halal market:http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/albertas-best-kept-secret-beef-producers-chase-halal-marketIn conclusion to the above article, in my opinion, it is about greed and cruelty. One of my goals is to raise awareness of what are Halal, Kosher or other similar type of ritual/traditional slaughtering practised 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. A - Videos ( age restricted, do not let children watch)So, 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)https://youtu.be/ZE2svQFH_q0 ⦁ Non stun Halal slaughter house (age restricted video)https://youtu.be/j7wUY3jnSNM ⦁ 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.”https://www.dropbox.com/s/uc0fnc0vwq4wdbe/RYDING%20MEDIA%20REVISED.mp4?dl=0 B - Conscious vs rendered unconscious by stunningAnimals 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 - RecommendationsAs 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). As mentioned, 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).http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/albertas-best-kept-secret-beef-producers-chase-halal-market 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:https://www.cfhs.ca/farm_animal_slaughter_in_canada'...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.http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-90-288/page-10.html#h-21The 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 doYou 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.https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2017/12/21/no-more-silence-about-the-torture-of-animals.html⦁ The Canadian Food Inspection AgencyThe 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....'http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/products-and-risks/meat-and-poultry-products/humane-handling/eng/1363460100144/1363460243413⦁ 49 Chains that provide or serve Halal products (search on the web can be done also for Kosher products)https://www.zabihah.com/chn/ca⦁ for restaurants, just call to see if they are serving Halal meat, they should tell you.⦁ Animal rights?https://www.peta.org/about-peta/why-peta/why-animal-rights/⦁ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)https://www.peta.org/⦁ Compassion for animals (Happy Cow)https://www.happycow.net/vegtopics/why-vegetarian THANK YOU

Lise P
7,463 supporters