Join us and make the climate heating emergency a decisive ‘ballot box’ issue in your electoral district! It’s a life and death issue. Help by speaking out about the role animal agriculture plays in causing climate heating. Please speak out about how shameful Canada’s animal and environmental protection laws and polices truly are.
Candidates must be held accountable for—and answer for—their party’s weak environmental and animal protection policies. Together we can build a national commentary on the protection of animals and the environment.
Below are sample questions that you can ask candidates:
- According to the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in order to address our climate breakdown there needs to be significant and drastic changes in all aspects of society. How will you or your party commit to implementing the changes we need? What is your plan B?
- The UN Report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues and Options, highlights the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture, including deforestation, water scarcity, pollution and significant greenhouse gas emissions. What will you and your party do to address the environmental damage caused by the animal agriculture industry specifically?
- Despite evidence that horses endure intense suffering during slaughter and transport this practice is still legal in Canada. Will you support an end to the practice of horse slaughter in Canada and if elected, would you support an end to the practice of exporting live horses to Japan and Korea for slaughter?
- Indigenous people in Canada continue to face disproportionate violence, water scarcity, discrimination and poverty. What is something specific that you or your party will do to address the ongoing process of colonization in Canada?
- Many parties have now recognized that our political system “First Past the Post” (FPtP) needs to change in order to ensure both effective representation at the electoral district level and a more accurate reflection of the electoral choices of voters. Will your party commit to changing our electoral system to a version of proportional representation?
- Bill S-214, a bill to end cosmetic testing on animals in Canada timed out before it could become law this past term. This bill was widely supported by the public and draws on evidence that animal testing for the use of cosmetics is ineffective, cruel and unnecessary. Will you help Canada join nearly 40 other countries worldwide and end the practice of testing on animals for cosmetic purposes?
- Despite the environmental, health and ethical concerns of animal agriculture, the federal government recently announced that they will give 1.75 billion dollars in subsidies to the dairy industry in order to offset losses from trade deals. This is on top of the 6-8 billion-dollar subsidies that are typically handed out to meat and dairy industries annually. What is your plan to ensure that subsidies are used more effectively? And do you support transitioning the resource intensive animal agricultural industry to a sustainable plant-based model?