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The Parliament of Canada has proposed sneaking amendments into "animal health" laws to punish activists with up to six months in jail or fines of up to CA$500,000 for entering a factory farm in order to document cruelty or aid suffering animals. Please urge your legislators to OPPOSE Bill C-205—a measure that would punish activists with heavy fines and jail time and protect factory farms from scrutiny.
While PETA's work involves undercover investigations and protests on public property, this proposed law is detrimental to animals because it's intended to scare people away from exposing cruelty, aiding animals, and protesting by engaging in civil disobedience activism. The proposal ignores that the factory farms themselves are the greatest threat to animal health because they pack stressed animals into crowded sheds where diseases can spread like wildfire.
Pigs are sensitive, intelligent individuals who feel pain just like cats, dogs, and humans do. They enjoy basking in the sun and running in open fields. They even remember humans and have been known to wag their tails when they see someone they recognize. But in the pork industry, pigs are kept for years on slatted concrete floors suspended over vats of their own waste. Investigators have even found animals on Canadian farms in these manure pits, abandoned to a slow, agonizing death by drowning or starvation. Chickens in the egg industry are crammed into tiered cages, and the feces of animals above fall on them. 😢
These factory-farm practices are often exempt from provincial animal welfare laws. Common industry practices include killing unwanted piglets by swinging them by their legs and bashing their heads on the floor and gassing or shredding alive unwanted male chicks who are useless to the egg industry. There have been no known cases of disease outbreaks occurring because of undercover investigations. If lawmakers really want to address animal health, they should crack down on common industry practices that make animals sick, not people who are working to expose the unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Please, urge Canadian lawmakers to reject this proposed federal law that protects filthy factory farms while curtailing activism!