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Meat-eating in Canada can be a risky business

Discussion in 'Health Forum' started by erika, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    From an article in today's Globe and Mail: apparently Canada's standards are pretty lax compared to Europe and the US. Definitely makes the case for buying local and organic/knowing where your food comes from; highlights are here:


    1. Unacceptable numbers of animals, particularly chickens, die during transport.

    This most often happens when the birds are moved over long distances and in inclement weather.
    2 to 3 million: The number of animals that arrive dead every year at Canadian slaughterhouses.

    2. Animals are transported in overcrowded conditions.
    Transporters pack between seven and 16 chickens into crates that are a half-metre square, and cows have arrived at processing plants with sores on their backs from brushing against the roof of the truck.
    6% to 89%: The increase in number of animals covered with salmonella after being kept in crowded conditions for 40 minutes, according to a Texas Tech University study.

    3. Severely injured and sick animals are transported in contravention of federal regulations.

    Animals are arriving at slaughterhouses and auctions emaciated, weak, crippled and with severe injuries.
    2: The number of sheep a farmer brought to be slaughtered at Princeton Meat Packers in Woodstock, Ont., that had injuries so severe, they should never have been transported.

    4. Severely compromised animals are transported and left to suffer for prolonged periods, sometimes days.

    The World Society for the Protection of Animals says many incidents may be in violation of federal or provincial animal cruelty laws.
    58: The length of time, in hours, one crippled cow was left alive on top of a pile of dead animals in Lethbridge, Alta.

    5. A shortage of trained animal welfare inspectors, particularly veterinarians, puts animal health and welfare at risk.
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors are not authorized to euthanize animals or relieve their suffering for humane reasons, and few animal inspectors are veterinarians or trained to address animal welfare problems during transport.
    329: The number of animal inspectors employed by the CFIA across Canada to supervise 772 facilities that slaughter 700 million animals annually. There are also 980 meat inspectors.

    6. CFIA's reporting and enforcement are often weak and inconsistent.
    Animals are transported in clear violation of regulations (for example, goats transported in feed bags, rabbits transported in the trunk of a car, animals tied up and under covers without air holes) and inspectors respond by giving warnings or educational pamphlets.
    $221,800: The total amount of individual fines, ranging from $500 to $2,000, levied in 2006 across the country for violations of the health of animal regulations.

    7. Animals suffer as a result of poor driver training.
    Drivers appear to be unaware of regulations, including their right, indeed, their responsibility, to refuse to transport an injured animal. Some drivers didn't even know how many animals they had aboard their truck.
    20 hours: In one case, the number of hours a severely injured horse spent in transit.

    Full article is here: Canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax, report says - The Globe and Mail
  2. graham

    graham Well-Known TRIBEr

    that's terrible, and tasty
  3. solacevip

    solacevip TRIBE Promoter

    I love the taste of horse!
  4. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    I would post the opposite of the NativeIndianCrying.jpeg I feel nothing.
  5. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    Look as long as the one pig that gets made into my bacon makes it to the slaughterhouse intact, I don't care about the rest of them.
  6. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member

  7. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    78: the number of hours i am stuck in crowded, rush hour gridlock traffic every month. without proper air conditioning, ventilation or decent audio.
  8. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    good thing YOU'RE not being served at the butchers monsieur bathroom!
  9. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    yehh... day to day, I am inhumanely transported :(

    i wish i was 'free run'
  10. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

  11. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    for two years i lived underground, commuted underground and worked underground. those were the days baby.
  12. depraved

    depraved TRIBE Member

  13. defazman

    defazman TRIBE Member

    have you ever eaten American Taco Bell, or had a gas station hot dog in Michigan at 4:00 am? Believe me, we're fine.
  14. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    lol If you buy Bully Sticks for your dog, guess what they are?
  15. Karim

    Karim TRIBE Member

    They use a lot of meat tenderizer in the states which is brutal for your intestines... I don't think that shit is legal here...
  16. Persephone

    Persephone TRIBE Member

    I keep mis-reading the thread title as Man-eating...
  17. erika

    erika TRIBE Member


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