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June 10, 2014

Animal Cruelty Footage Highlights Need to Protect Farm Animals

Humane Society International/Canada

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The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling eight workers on Canada’s largest dairy farm to be charged with wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering and injury to animals under the federal Criminal Code following an undercover investigation that revealed vicious acts of cruelty. Sayara Thurston, campaign manager with Humane Society International/Canada issued the following statement in response:

“The abuse and gratuitous cruelty witnessed in an undercover investigation on the largest dairy farm in Canada is horrendous. Under current laws, farm animals in Canada have virtually no legal protection. No independent oversight exists on farms to protect animals from acts of violence. Undercover investigations such as the one conducted by Mercy For Animals Canada are the only window the public has into factory farms confining animals by the thousands and, in most cases, the only reprieve these animals have in instances of abuse. Humane Society International/Canada commends the authorities for acting to bring the individuals responsible in this case to justice, and urges all provinces to immediately begin conducting on-farm inspections to enforce basic welfare standards.”


  • The BC SPCA has recommended eight workers on a dairy farm in Chilliwack, BC to be charged with animal cruelty after receiving secretly-filmed footage from animal protection group Mercy For Animals Canada.
  • Approximately 700 million farm animals are raised and slaughtered in Canada each year. Undercover investigations have routinely exposed suffering caused by standard agricultural practices as well as callous acts of cruelty.
  • Despite numerous public campaigns and widespread support to do so, Canada’s federal animal cruelty laws have not been meaningfully updated since 1892.
  • No province conducts proactive on-farm inspections to verify welfare standards.

Media contact: Christopher Pare 514 395-2914, email: cpare@hsi.org

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