Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay / Animal welfare legislation in canada
On industrial farms and in slaughterhouses across Canada, farmed animals endure shocking abuse, disgusting conditions and horrific cruelty out of sight and out of mind. All animals have emotional intelligence means they understand the horror of what is happening to them not to mention the agony of burning alive, being beaten, stabbed & boiled alive. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is also responsible for the following organizations:
Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal
Canadian Dairy Commission
Canadian Food Inspection AgencyFootnote *
Canadian Grain Commission
Farm Credit Canada
Farm Products Council of Canada
There is a general lack of government attention to animal welfare. Animal welfare receives scant consideration within the Canadian government’s “Growing Forward” agricultural policy framework. Canada compares poorly to other countries such as New Zealand and Australia, which have created national committees with a balanced membership of all stakeholders, to advise government on animal welfare policy.
Bill C-246 has been overlooked and put on hold again (October 2016), in order to make changes to 125-year old animal cruelty laws. Killing, or allowing an animal to be killed, “brutally or viciously” is not acceptable. 92% of Canadians surveyed want better animal protection legislation that makes it easier to convict animal abusers.