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e-4312 (Animals)

Initiated by Émilie-Lune Sauvé from Montreal, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Companies around the world have begun developing industrial-scale commercial cephalopod farms, in which tens of thousands of octopus or squid would be bred, raised and slaughtered for human consumption;
  • Octopus are highly intelligent, inquisitive and complex beings who, despite their different physiology, feel and respond to pain in a similar way to mammals;
  • Octopus are solitary, wild animals, who are particularly ill-suited to being raised in captivity and would suffer greatly on industrial farms;
  • There is currently no legislation protecting the welfare of farmed cephalopods in those jurisdictions where octopus farming is being developed;
  • Octopus farming raises significant environmental concerns due to new effluents being produced and subsequently discharged into surrounding ecosystems;
  • Octopus farm escapes also pose a serious risk to local habitats and wild animal populations with a high potential of transmitting on-farm diseases;
  • A substantial increase in the use of fishmeal and fish oil products to feed carnivorous farmed octopus will only contribute to the unsustainable pressure exerted on wild fish populations;
  • Octopus farming also poses serious public health risks, as captive cephalopods could be vectors of multiple unknown pathogens and zoonotic diseases such as cholera; and
  • Large-scale aquatic farms are a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria and therefore contribute to the overuse of antibiotics and the dangerous creation of multidrug-resistant bacteria.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, and supporters of Animal Justice, Humane Canada, Last Chance for Animals, the BC SPCA, the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, the Montreal SPCA, the Vancouver Humane Society and the Winnipeg Humane Society, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Ban the importation of farmed cephalopod products into Canada; and
2. Prohibit the breeding or raising of cephalopods in captivity on Canadian territory.
Open for signature
February 15, 2023, at 12:25 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 16, 2023, at 12:25 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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