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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Authorities Investigating After Witness Documents Blood Streaming from Cow Transport Truck

CAMBRIDGE, ON—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating after a witness saw blood streaming from and caked onto the side of a transport truck at a rest station. Video footage shot at the scene shows a cow with a gaping, bleeding wound aboard the truck, which had Manitoba plates.

Witness Amber Gionet said: “I couldn’t believe how much blood I saw all over the truck, with even more blood coming out of a cow’s open wound. It was heartbreaking to see these gentle and curious animals in such an ugly situation. They deserve so much better than to be injured and forgotten on a transport truck in the middle of the night.”

Ontario law prohibits animal cruelty, and specifically requires animals be transported in a way that ensures their physical safety and welfare. Federal law prohibits over-crowding animals or transporting injured animals, and requires trucks to be free from protrusions or other construction flaws that injure animals.

Veterinarian Maur…

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Speak Up For Chickens and Turkeys During the Poultry Code of Practice Comment Period

This month, the Canadian agriculture industry released a draft of its revised code of practice for chickens and turkeys. The public is invited to comment on this draft for consideration before the final is published next year.

This code of practice matters. Chickens are by far the largest population of animals under human care—we killed more than 640 million of them in 2014—and their degree of suffering is arguably the worst of any factory farmed animal.

Yet, the government does not regulate on-farm conditions in Canada, choosing instead to fund and endorse the codes of practice. These codes of practice are the closest to on-farm regulations that we have.

The draft code of practice is badly deficient. It leaves out or scarcely addresses the most important animal welfare concerns. The interests, profits, and convenience of producers have evidently been the paramount concern.

Most alarmingly, the draft code totally fails to address genetic selection…

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