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Pig Scrambles Violate Animal Cruelty Laws, Says Animal Justice

Animal Justice March 29, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – National animal law organization Animal Justice has sent a letter to law enforcement authorities in Prince Edward Island advising that “pig scramble” events likely violate federal and provincial animal cruelty laws and must not be allowed to proceed.

The PEI Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair in Dundas has held pig scrambles in past years, but has been under intense scrutiny this year after a petition calling for its cancellation began attracting support and national media attention. The petition has over 3,100 signatures to date. Pig scrambles have already been cancelled at other Maritime fairs due to concerns over animal cruelty, including the Westmoreland Fair in Petitcodiac, NB, and the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Truro, NS.

“Federal and provincial laws are clear: It’s illegal to cause distress and suffering to animals,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice. “Pig scrambles are cruel and unnecessary events that cause baby animals to experience intense fear and psychological trauma at being chased around a ring for human amusement. These outdated entertainment events are not exempt from animal cruelty laws.”

Animal Justice is asking authorities to prosecute violations of animal cruelty laws at the Dundas Plowing Match pig scramble if it does go ahead. According to news reports, the event directors are considering the future of the pig scramble.

Animal Justice’s letter was sent to Agriculture and Fisheries Minister J. Alan McIsaac, Department of Agriculture inspectors, the provincial veterinarian, the PEI Humane Society, and the Montague detachment of the RCMP.

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For more information, contact:

Camille Labchuk
Executive Director
camille@animaljustice.ca

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Authorities Investigating After Live Chicken Goes Through Sanitizing Washer at Vancouver Slaughterhouse

Animal Justice June 27, 2016

VANCOUVER—The BC SPCA is investigating an incident of a live chicken going through a sanitizing washer at Hallmark Poultry in downtown Vancouver. The aftermath of the incident was captured by photographer Kornelia Kulbacki, who was at the slaughterhouse as part of a demonstration against cruelty in the chicken industry. Her photo showing the soaked and distressed chicken has since gone viral on Facebook (see here and here).

“I was horrified to see a live animal huddled in the corner of a crate being stacked with other empty crates,” said Ms. Kulbacki. “I pleaded with one of the workers in charge to let us rescue the animal and take him or her to a sanctuary, but he refused. Science has shown that chickens are emotionally complex individuals who have the capacity to suffer, just like our beloved dogs and cats at home. At slaughterhouses, the sentient animals we call ‘food’ are treated like mere commodities by workers desensitized to the overwhelming violence of the system.”

“This incident appears to be a clear violation of both federal and provincial laws that protect animals,” said lawyer Anna Pippus, director of farmed animal advocacy with Animal Justice. “Allowing live animals to be exposed to the scalding water and chemicals of sanitizing washers is blatant animal cruelty. Law enforcement authorities must act to hold the slaughterhouse accountable for its callous disregard of living animals.”

Ms. Kulbacki has reported the incident to the BC SPCA, which enforces provincial animal welfare laws, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which enforces federal slaughter laws at meat processing plants. The BC SPCA has commenced an investigation.

For more information:
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Anna Pippus
Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy
apippus@animaljustice.ca

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Coalition of Animal Protection Groups Call for Change to Farmed Animal Transport Regulations

Animal Justice November 3, 2014

calfOn the heels of a Mercy For Animals Canada investigation exposing profound animal suffering and complicit government inspectors at a pig assembly yard in Alberta, a coalition of animal protection organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Canadians are urgently renewing calls for the federal government to update Canada’s archaic animal transportation regulations.

“Permitting egregious animal suffering is inconsistent with the values of Canadians from all across the political spectrum,” said Anna Pippus, director of farmed animal advocacy with Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund. “It’s past time for the federal government to bring our farmed animal transport regulations into line with Canadians’ expectations and the laws of rest of the Western world.”

The animal protection movement has been calling for such change since the 1980s, pointing out that Canada lags behind the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States with the protections afforded to farmed animals in transit.

The federal government has yet to update the outdated regulations, despite promising to do so for more than a decade. Canadians have expressed shock, outrage, sadness, and plain confusion that our government is so reticent to afford animals common-sense welfare protections.

The letter has been signed by leaders from Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund, Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, Humane Society International/Canada, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, Vancouver Humane Society, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, and Animal Alliance of Canada.

View the letter to Minister Ritz here.

Visit our blog and read this report to learn how Canada’s weak and outdated animal transport laws condemn millions of farmed animals to suffer and die.

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