Target: George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Goal: Bring animal welfare charges against the pork producer who allowed 1300 piglets to starve
Government officials have initiated an investigation surrounding allegations that a pork producer allowed the health of 1300 piglets deteriorate so much that they had to be euthanized. The piglets were being underfed and mistreated because rising prices of animal feed have made keeping the animals alive an unprofitable liability. There is no excuse for letting these innocent animals slip into a state of distress and malnutrition; the Canadian Food Inspection Agency must invoke the Animal Welfare Act and send the message that just because animals become expensive does not mean they can be left to die.
Record-high temperatures that have caused droughts have made the price of corn skyrocket. Farmers’ reliance on corn-based animal feed has meant that with profit margins slimming, producers must make tough choices about how to make ends meet. Piglets, which are deemed useless by many farmers, seem to be the first casualty of these callous business decisions. Weak piglets and slow-growers are already usually the first to be killed on intensive pig farms, but it seems as if the dire conditions on this particular farm in Canada led 1300 of the baby pigs to be deemed economically worthless.
There is no question that droughts force farmers to make tough decisions about how they are going to make a profit. But there is no excuse for depriving baby pigs of the life they rightfully deserve. Gary Stordy of the Canadian Pork Council points out that farmers can reach out to local pork review boards or the SPCA if they are in a dire situation that might leave pigs sick or dying. A strong message needs to be sent that animals should not become part of an economic equation. Charges need to be brought against the farmer who let these piglets die.
Dear Mr. George Da Pont,
When police were called to the scene of a farm in Canada where hundreds of pigs were either dying or already dead because of malnourishment and abuse, the farmer responsible could not provide an answer for why the animals were suffering. The result was that 1300 piglets had to be euthanized because of his ignorance, mistreatment and callous decision-making. Farmers claim that droughts spurred by record temperatures have forced them to make tough decisions about what is profitable and what is not. High corn prices have increased the cost of animal feed and the result is that animals are being left to die because they are too expensive to feed. That is what happened to the piglets on the farm.
Animal life cannot become part of an economic equation for what is going to make a farmer the most money. Leaving animals malnourished and sick is a form of animal abuse, no matter what. There are plenty of resources that the farmer in question could have reached out to before he made the decision to let these piglets go without their right to a comfortable life. He failed in that respect and should be punished accordingly. Please invoke the Animal Welfare Act and send the message that animal abuse will not be overlooked just because producers need to make ends meet.
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