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United Poultry Concerns
14 April 2009
BROKEN WINGS: The Breakdown of Animal Protection in Canada
Report Shows Cruel Treatment of Birds by Canadian Poultry Industry
Report: [http://www.cetfa. com/].
Footage: [http://www.youtube. com/user/ TwylaFrancois].
BROKEN WINGS is a new investigative report by Canadians for the Ethical
Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA). It documents with explicit photos and
footage the brutal handling, transport and slaughter of poultry in Canada
and the intense pain and suffering of chickens and turkeys from day-old to
death in the Canadian poultry industry.
Released on April 6, 2009, Broken Wings: The Breakdown of Animal
Protection in the Transport and Slaughter of Meat Poultry in Canada
"provides graphic photographic and video evidence captured in British
Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Based on
some 44 investigations conducted between 2007-2009, the report shows
rampant, systemic welfare violations involving on-farm practices,
transportation and slaughter."
For example, footage shot at Granny's Poultry Cooperative in Manitoba,
and at the Lilydale plant in British Columbia, shows amputated turkeys'
legs "raining down on still-live birds beneath."
CETFA is urging the Canadian Minister of Agriculture to enforce existing
regulations that could offer some protection to the birds and is calling
on companies to convert to controlled-atmosphere re killing, a less
inhumane slaughterhouse method than the standard practice of torturing
fully conscious birds with pre-slaughter paralytic electric shocks - the
same torture that is practiced with impunity by the poultry industry in
the United States.
For What You Can Do to Help Poultry in Canada, please go to:
[http://www.cetfa. com/]. Email addresses and CEOs of
Granny's Poultry in Manitoba and Lilydale in B.C. are provided on the
homepage where you can read the entire Broken Wings report and view the
photos and footage of "the vastness of the suffering of poultry in Canada."
UPC gratefully acknowledges providing some requested information about
poultry slaughter for this Broken Wings report.
[http://www.upc- online.org/ slaughter/].
Additional information about the Animal Welfare abyss in Canada can be
[http://www.newswire .ca/en/releases/ archive/April200 9/02/c6989. html].
"The Minister of Agriculture has shown no interest in taking any
leadership on animal welfare in Canada."
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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