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Take Action for Animals: Government Now Accepting Comments on Agriculture Policy

Animal Justice September 14, 2016

The federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of agriculture have just released the Calgary Statement, which outlines priorities for the next wave of agriculture policy. The government is now seeking feedback on these priority areas until November 30, 2016.

Please fill in the short questionnaire and make three main points:

One, that the government needs to regulate animal agriculture–many people are shocked to learn  there are no on-farm animal welfare standards to protect upwards of 750 million animals killed for food each year. The industry’s own unenforced codes of practice are inadequate, and no substitute for independent oversight. The government is concerned with maintaining public trust in our food system; even standard industry practices are unacceptable to most people, and public trust in both the government and the sector will continue to erode are these cruel practices continue to be exposed.

Two, that farming animals is an environmental disaster. Animal agriculture accounts for at least 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Research shows it’s unlikely global temperature rises can be kept below two degrees Celsius without a shift in global meat and dairy consumption. (Two degrees Celsius is considered by climate scientists to be the crucial tipping point to avoid irreversible global disaster.) What’s more, governments–including our own–have been negligent in giving this issue the attention it needs. The government needs to shift research and support away from animal farming and towards plant-based farming and innovation.

Three, that plant-based food innovation is poised to be a major economic force, with investors like Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing recognizing its importance for sustainable, healthy, and humane food systems. Canada already boasts many groundbreaking plant-based innovators like Gardein and Daiya, and should do more to support such promising new companies. Instead of subsidizing cruel and unsustainable animal agriculture, the government should subsidize plant-based foods.

Thank you for speaking up for animals. They desperately need our voices.

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Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Animal Justice November 18, 2014

Sign the CharterAnimal Justice Canada Legislative Fund is working to enshrine meaningful animal rights into Canadian law, including the right of animals to have their interests represented in court, and the guarantee of rights and freedoms that make life worth living. 

The Animal Charter is premised on the recognition that animals experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics—like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law; and that our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society. View and sign onto the Charter here

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