Statement on Deadly Hamilton Chicken Truck Rollover

HAMILTON—Animal Justice is calling for an urgent investigation after a transport truck hauling live chickens rolled over on its side in Hamilton, Ontario. The deadly crash occurred this morning at the intersection of Rymel Road Easy and Terryberry Road. The chickens were likely being sent to a slaughterhouse.

An Animal Justice staff member is on the scene, along with local animal advocates and farmed animal sanctuaries, attempting to rescue the survivors of the deadly crash. Feathers are strewn across the street, and there appear to be more dead chickens than live ones. The survivors are still packed into tiny transport crates alongside dead chickens.

This is the second such crash in the region in less than two weeks. On August 9, another chicken truck crashed on the Westbound QEW in Oakville, leaving thousands of chickens presumably dead. 

It’s illegal under the Criminal Code, federal transport laws, and provincial animal welfare laws to cause animals to suffer during transport. Yet transporters are seldom held accountable for the deaths and suffering of animals who are regularly killed in truck crashes.

“Animal Justice is calling on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to launch an urgent review of the safety of animals during transport in Canada,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice. “Truck rollovers and other crashes are happening at an alarming rate, leaving thousands of animals to suffer and die. This situation is unacceptable. In addition to investigating this specific incident, the Agency urgently needs to take action to end these appalling crashes that result in mass carnage of innocent birds and other farmed animals.”

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Contact:
Camille Labchuk
Executive Director
camille@animaljustice.ca

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