Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Animal Abuse by Stifling Freedom of Expression

Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals raised and slaughtered for food. More and more people are avoiding or reducing consumption of meat and other animal products, while those who choose to consume eggs, dairy, and meat are increasingly concerned about how animals were treated and the safety of the food they’re... Read more » Animal Justice
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Canada Killed More Than 800 Million Land Animals for Food in 2017

Slaughter reports from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show we killed over 800,756,236 land animals for food in 2017—up from 771 million in 2016 and 750 million in 2015. The growth is mostly because more chickens are being killed for meat. This is in part due to population growth, but per capita consumption of chickens (including chickens eaten and lost to food waste) is also steadily rising.

Here are the numbers broken down by sector:

Meat chickens: 711,459,823 Egg-laying hens and breeding chickens: 36,580,473 Turkeys: 20,248,949 Ducks and geese: 6,428,062 Pigs: 20,728,785 (federally) 864,871 (provincially) Adult cows (dairy and meat): 2,831,766 (federally) 151,484 (provincially) Calves: 199,409 (federally) 36,640 (provincially) Sheeps and lambs: 170,576 (federally) 371,516 (provincially) Goats: 68,709 Bisons: 9,369 (federally) 1,517 (provincially) Rabbits: 604,287

But these numbers don’t paint the full picture. The government concealed…

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Here’s Why Thanksgiving is a Nightmare for Turkeys

On Thanksgiving, many Canadians give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives, including friends, family, and health.

But turkeys killed and eaten for Thanksgiving dinner have nothing to be thankful for. Raised in appalling conditions on Canada’s industrial turkey facilities and shipped to slaughter, their lives are bleak and filled with suffering.

Turkeys are curious, friendly, and sensitive birds with big personalities. But in Canada, 20 million turkeys are killed for food every year—many of them destined for Thanksgiving meals.

Undercover footage has exposed brutal conditions, abusive transport, and botched killing in the turkey industry. In one exposé of a Kitchener, Ontario turkey farm, workers were seen punching, throwing, and kicking birds, hitting them with metal rods and shovels, and crushing their spines.

And footage from a turkey slaughterhouse in Abbotsford, British Columbia shows painful, botched killings. Multiple turkeys a…

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