Want to learn more about the ethical treatment of farm animals? Check out the following resources
Visit the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals. The organization runs several campaigns, including advocating for decreased transportation times for animals, and the abolition of sow stalls and battery cages in Canada. It provides excellent practical information on how to pressure your MP, the minister of agriculture and agri-food Canada, and the president of McDonald’s. It provides pre-written postcards to send to them, as well as petitions and information on starting your own campaign.
Gracie, the Yorkshire pig, has had a nice life, thanks to Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Thinking of going vegetarian or vegan? Check out the Toronto Vegetarian Association
Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals is life-changing. He focuses on the factory farming situation in the United States, but, unfortunately, the situation is eerily similar here in Canada.
Read the book that kick-started the entire movement: Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.
Marc Bekoff has written a slew of books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals and his latest, The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint.
Another compelling read is The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.
Watch the Canadian documentary, No Country for Animals. It underscores how much Canada lags behind the European Union in the area of animal rights: throughout the EU, animals can be transported for only 12 hours without food or rest – not up to 52 hours like here in Canada! – and sow stalls will be banned entirely by 2013. U of T adjunct law professor Lesli Bisgould is also interviewed in this documentary.
Our U of T Magazine article states that “According to an international animal protection agency, between two and three million animals die during transport every year in Canada and another 11 million arrive at their destination injured or diseased.” These are not exaggerated numbers – in fact, they are hyper-conservative. The World Society for the Protection of Animals based the numbers on the federal government’s own reports. Read the WSPA findings.