Target: Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Minister of Agriculture
Goal: Improve animal welfare laws to eradicate the torture of animals during slaughter.
Turkeys were allegedly abused, tortured, and scalded alive by workers in a Lilydale factory farm in Abbotsford, British Colombia. Video taken by rights group Mercy for Animals appears to show animals being violently shackled upside down on a conveyor line before having their heads dipped into an electrified water bath. The animals are dipped into scalding water and have their throats cut open and heads ripped off, some while being completely conscious.
While the electric shock process is meant to knock out the animals, it sometimes only causes them extreme pain. The conveyor belt then runs the animals over a “kill blade,” which is meant to slice their throats. Some animals are left mangled but alive after this procedure. Finally, the turkeys are thrown into vats of scalding water to de-feather them. The animals unlucky enough to be alive when dumped in experience excruciating pain before dying.
These animals die a shocking death, yet their lives are not much better. Many are kept in tiny, feces-filled cages for much of their lives and will not see the sun or breathe fresh air. They suffer from myriad health conditions, including infections, respiratory disorders, and open wounds. The welfare organization also made claims that sick and injured turkeys are put on the slaughter line and sold to unsuspecting customers.
Unfortunately, these shocking practices are commonplace throughout the poultry industry. In order to stop this injustice, animal protection regulations must be strengthened and oversight must be improved. Sign the petition below to demand that Canada improve animal welfare laws to ensure as much suffering as possible is eradicated from the slaughter process.
Dear Mr. MacAulay,
Rights group Mercy for Animals recently released footage, allegedly taken at a Lilydale turkey farm in British Colombia, showing turkeys being tortured before slaughter. They are first violently shackled on a conveyor line by their feet before having their heads dipped in electrified water. Some still conscious, the turkeys are then dragged over a kill blade, which is designed to slit their throats but sometimes only mangles them. They are then dropped into a vat of boiling water, some still conscious and alive.
This shocking abuse is common throughout the poultry industry. In order to save millions of animals each year from this torture, animal welfare laws must be improved. We, the undersigned, ask that you work to eliminate the widespread abuse in Canadian factory farms.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mercy for Animals