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From an Ontario Federation of Agriculture press release: It’s something every livestock producer knows – if you have livestock on your farm, you are also going to have dead stock. Safe disposal of that dead stock is increasingly a problem in Ontario for farmers and society. … farmers are faced with paying a fee for

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Canada signs on to the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

This past Friday the Canadian Parliament voted to support the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare (UDAW). From The Province: In a rare move, federal MPs have voted unanimously for a private member’s motion in support of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare — essentially agreeing that animal welfare is important. The motion calls on Canada

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Cruelty, supported by your tax dollars

From a press release [pdf] I received this morning: The Government of Canada is investing up to $9.6 million to help improve the long-term profitability of Eastern Canada’s largest culled cattle slaughter plant in Quebec. This is the first project announced under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Slaughter Improvement Program, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

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Do Californian chickens have rights?

In November 2008, Californians voted against the worst confinement systems in animal agriculture. An overwhelming 63% of voters gave permission to farm animals to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. The Proposition 2 victory is extremely important because it shows that the majority of the people do not approve

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Native People and the Seal Hunt

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The Canadian Seal Hunt starts in about a month and a half. I refer, of course, to the annual slaughter of about 300,000 baby harp seals. I think that a lot of the people who actually support the Canadian Seal Hunt are understandably confused by the concept that