Factory Farming

Factory Farming in Canada

Over 696 million animals are killed in Canada every year for food.

Eat meat?  Think the animal you’re eating was raised and killed humanely?  Think again.  A shocking review revealed that Canada’s laws do not protect animals on factory farms from horrendous treatment and cruel practices and procedures.  In 2001, Animal Alliance of Canada and the Animal Protection Fund released a study, prepared by Canadian lawyers, entitled Anything Goes – An Overview of Canada’s Legal Approach to Animals on Factory Farms. Anything Goes debunks the common notion that animals raised for food are treated “humanely” and exposes abusive and often horrendous practices that are becoming increasingly common across the country.  Animals raised in intensive confinement live entirely unnatural lives marked by stress, fear, pain, isolation and a variety of surgical mutilations.

According to Lesli Bisgould, lawyer and one of the authors of the report, “When we cram so many animals into smaller and smaller spaces, when we treat them in ways that deny even the most basic life requirements, and when we pretend that living animals are just cogs in the wheel of production, can we really be surprised when they start to get sick?”  Bisgould adds, “It is surprising enough that these atrocious practices occur, but it might shock some people to learn that the law allows and even facilitates them.”

Stephanie Brown, Animal Alliance’s farm animal expert points out, “In the agricultural context, where some amount of beating, mutilation, intensive confinement, sickness, injury, fatigue, pain, fear and suffering are both predicted and permitted, where the premature death of many animals is expected, even the few regulations that specifically purport to address animal welfare cannot reasonably be expected to be broadly interpreted or enforced in their favour. As gatekeepers of the legislation, politicians must be held responsible for their compliance with these atrocities.”

In fact, back in 2010 the U.N. produced a report that encourages veganism “to save the world from hunger”.

Barn Fires

In 2009 we began working on the issue of barn fires. In collaboration with the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, we called upon the Standing Committee on Fire Protection to amend the National Farm Building Code to mandate simple and inexpensive changes to farm buildings to protect the hundreds of millions of animals in intensive livestock confinement operations. Receiving no response, we sent a letter in May 2009 to the Committee, formally requesting a meeting. We never received a response.

February 2009 media release

August 2009 media release

How You Can Help

1. Learn more at PreventingBarnFires.com

2. Please write and call the Standing Committee on Fire Protection and urge them to amend the National Farm Building Code to protect farm animals from fires. Hand-written letters are best but you can also print our sign-on letter by clicking here.

Chair and Members, Standing Committee on Fire Protection
Canadian Codes Centre
Institute for Research in Construction

National Research Council Canada
Building M-23A
1200 Montreal Road

Ottawa, ON  K1A 0R6

T/ 613-993-9960
F/ 613-952-4040

Email: codes@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca