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e-766 (Agricultural industry)

Initiated by Ned Taylor from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

  • It is completely legal to confine a chicken in a cage for its entire life;
  • Chickens in Canada's egg industry are given practically no rights;
  • It is not necessary to provide a chicken with room to roam freely;
  • Chickens are sentient beings and have the ability to think and feel pain; and
  • The Egg Farmers of Canada have committed to phasing out battery cages by 2036 while still allowing enriched cages. This is not nearly a good enough initiative to provide egg-laying hens with appropriate welfare. Not only will these chickens be tortured for another 20 years in battery cages, but they will continue to be tortured in enriched cages after 2036.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to outright ban battery cages, enriched cages and all other cages from Canada's egg industry, making it Illegal to confine a chicken in any cage of any size for any period of time and that the transition be far shorter than the 2036 timeline proposed by the Egg Farmers of Canada.
Government response tabled on November 29, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-144-02)
Open for signature
March 8, 2017, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 6, 2017, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Murray Rankin (Victoria)
October 20, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01728)
Government response tabled
November 29, 2017
Photo - Murray Rankin
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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