CETA and Farm Animal Protection

Lia Laskaris Animal Agriculture Leave a Comment

Canada has shameful farm animal practices, including farm animal transport. 

In “Making Sense of CETA, An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive, Economic and Trade Agreement, Animal Welfare for Farm Animals in CETA“, Olga Kikou writes:

“Canada’s standards for farm animal welfare are very weak compared to EU legislation.  Indeed, Canadian agricultural policy is characterized by an overall lack of consideration for the well-being of farm animals. Codes of practice are outdated, often voluntary, and are not backed by strong enforcement provisions. Canada’s Criminal Code includes some very limited protections for farm animals…The Health of Animals Act regulates the transportation of farm animals while the Meat Inspection Act sets down regulations for the slaughter of animals, but this federal legislation is generally considered inadequate for protecting animal welfare.”

Canada’s farm animal transport regulations is so far behind those of Europe.  Here at APPC, we believe we have an opportunity to force Canada to implement more stringent transport regulations that mirror those of Europe.  Our initiative will also help protect Europe from Canada’s attempts to undermine the current EU standards.

Visit humanefood.ca
for more information about Canada’s farm animal protection issues.

There are two reasons for us to continue to fight the provisions of CETA to protect animals and the environment: 

  1. Although CETA is provisionally in effect, it has not been approved by all 28 EU member states and, therefore, has yet to come into full force. One or more countries in the EU could call into question the implementation of CETA.
  1. Belgium has requested the European Court of Justice to determine whether some provisions within CETA are compliant with the EU Treaties. Member states are under a legal obligation not to ratify agreements that are contrary to EU law and the court’s ruling in other such cases suggests that it might find certain provisions within CETA to be contrary to EU law.

Over the next few months, we will be presenting our concerns to European Parliamentarians and the Party for the Animals representatives.

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