Statement on Meat Industry Asking Government To Pull WHO Funding

OTTAWA—The Canadian meat industry is asking the federal government to pull funding from the World Health Organization after its cancer research agency classified meat as a carcinogen based on scientific evidence.

At last week’s Canadian Meat Council conference, Health Minister Jane Philpott reportedly said she would bring the matter to her department for review.

Animal Justice’s director of farmed animal advocacy, lawyer Anna Pippus, said:

“The World Health Organization and its International Agency for Research on Cancer are a respected, responsible, and independent voice on important matters of public health. Once again, the shameless meat industry shows a reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others—this time, the humans who will get a preventable, painful, and life-threatening disease from consuming carcinogenic meats.

“The science is clear that consuming too many animal products is bad for the planet, human health, and the animals the…

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Company Sues Slaughterhouse For Selling Cancer-Containing Meat

A meat brand is suing a slaughtering facility for supplying it with meat from an animal who had cancer. The lawsuit claims damages of $725,867.

The slaughterhouse had previously had its licence suspended for lacking food safety controls.

Canada’s meat industry is largely unregulated. For most of the animals lives, there are no species- or sector-specific standards relating to their treatment, and no oversight, accountability, or transparency. Consumers are in the dark about what animals endure inside modern farms with only industry-created marketing materials to fill the knowledge gap.

Animal Justice is calling for a regulatory system that takes rule-making power out of the hands of those who stand to profit from using–or abusing–animals.

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