The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency released the new rules around the transport of farm animals on their way to slaughter in February 2019;
These new rules remain severely inadequate at reducing the suffering these animals must endure;
We propose the following changes:
1. Mandatory temperature controlled trucks to reduce exposure to extreme cold and heat;
2. Animals are not to be overcrowded (ie. all pigs must at least be allowed to lie down and stand up in their natural position); and
3. Decrease travel times without food or rest to 8 hours for chickens, 24 hours for horses, 12 hours for pigs and 24 hours for cattle;
These changes would reduce overall suffering and the number of deaths that occur before these animals reach the slaughter house; and
The least we can do for these animals that are going to end up on our plates, is to make their last hours as comfortable and as painless as possible.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to amend the Health of Animal Transport Regulations to ensure minimal suffering and death to the animals that are bound to the dinner plates of Canadians.
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