Target: Gerry Ritz, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Goal: Stop subjecting farm animals to long hours without food, water, or rest in Canada.
According to current Canadian standards, farm animals en route to the slaughterhouse are legally allowed 36-72 hours without food, water, or rest. During transport, animals suffer from hunger, dehydration, overheating, exhaustion, and overcrowding. Despite Section 140 of Canada’s Health of Animal Regulations Law, which prohibits overcrowding to the extent that may cause injury to any animal, many animals die during transport due to overcrowding and the resulting poor air quality. Chickens, pigs, and sheep are especially susceptible to death during transport due to poor air quality.
Transporting regulations differ depending on the type of animal; horses, pigs, and poultry are allowed a maximum of 36 hours without food or water, while cattle, sheep, and goats are allowed a maximum of 48 hours without food or water (52 if they are to be fed and watered upon arrival at destination). Furthermore, chicks are legally allowed to go for 72 hours without food or water. These current maximum thresholds are far too high to qualify as humane; farm animals should be given the basic rights of food, water, and comfort during their transport.
It is vital that Canada’s current regulations be changed. Rather than subject animals to a potential 36-72 hours without food or water, standards should be changed to allow a maximum of 12 hours without food or water regardless of the type of animal. If trips must exceed 12 hours, animals should be given a six-hour withdrawal period (as opposed to the current five-hour withdrawal period) after the first 12 hours of transport during which they will be fed, watered, and allowed to rest.
By signing the petition below, you will be demanding more humane methods of farm animal transportation from Gerry Ritz, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Dear Mr. Ritz,
The current regulations regarding farm animal transport are tremendously inhumane and must be updated. The allowable 36-72 hours without food or water are cruel maximums which are currently legal under Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations.
Additionally, it has come to the attention of the public that many chickens, pigs, and sheep die during transport due to overcrowding and the resulting poor air quality. This violates Section 140 of the aforementioned regulations.
I am urging you to please update current regulations in order to ensure less cruel methods of transportation for Canadian farm animals.
[Your Name Here]
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