Federal Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz
Below is our letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Click "Submit" to add your name and we will hand deliver it to his office.
Urge Minister Ritz to update outdated regulations to protect farm animals in transport.
Farm animals deserve better!
Every year, almost 700 million farm animals are raised for food in Canada. These animals are suffering—and dying—while being transported, supposedly under the protection of federal government regulations. Canadian standards for transporting animals are among the worst in the developed world, extremely outdated, and enforcement is notoriously lax—regulations so bad that millions of animals succumb to the stresses of their journey, arriving dead at federally inspected slaughter facilities each year.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has drafted updates to Canadian animal transport regulations, however no draft has been published, nor has CFIA opened the process for public consultation.
This has gone on for far too long. Canadian animal transport regulations desperately need to be updated.