Right now, the majority of Canadian egg-laying hens are confined in cages that deny them almost every basic need, including the chance to even walk around or fully stretch their wings. It's mind-boggling that these archaic cages are still used almost two decades into the 21st century, when innovation has transformed most industries several times over in recent years alone. Fortunately, the food industry is finally realizing that "we've always done it this way" isn't a good reason to keep doing something.
Sayara Thurston is Communications and Development Manager at We Animals. She formerly managed the farm animals campaign with Humane Society International/Canada.
Our eating habits currently sanction the slaughter of nearly two million chickens per day, the vast majority of whom are treated by the industry as meat-producing machines, forced to live through a mechanized, hellish experience. If your local SPCA habitually allowed dogs and cats to languish with excruciating injuries, or turned a blind eye while countless animals in its care died during transport, it would be rightly shut down by provincial inspectors. Yet the routinely barbaric abuse of chickens is an uncomfortable reality that exists nationwide -- a direct result of the high demand for legs, breasts and wings.
05/06/2015 12:37 EDT
Meat-free grilling is a simple solution to a complex problem. Supply and demand issues and the outbreak of a deadly diarrheal virus on North American pig farms have sent meat prices through the roof in the last year. Yet the truth is, the meat on our supermarket shelves has been unrealistically cheap for a long time.
07/03/2014 08:20 EDT
Imagine being stuck in that claustrophobic, windowless space, with no chance of escape. Imagine the first hour. The first week. Imagine spending a month straight in that space, with no sunlight, unable even to turn your body around, and nothing to do. Now multiply that month about 40 times; that is the life of most mother pigs in the pork industry.
03/25/2014 05:41 EDT
The National Farm Animal Care Council, a body charged with developing standards for farm animal care in Canada, released a new draft Code of Practice for the pig industry. The code could bring about important changes in the way breeding pigs are treated on Canadian farms.
07/17/2013 04:59 EDT
Since 2004, the XL plant has gone from slaughtering 2,400 cows per day to 4,000. It should be no surprise that many workers have been decrying the massive increase in production line speed. Not only does speeding up production lines have terrible consequences for animal welfare, such as failing to properly stun animals before slaughter, it may also have serious consequences for food safety in this country.
10/30/2012 12:41 EDT
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