Melanie Nagy, Kendra Mangione, CTV News, February 22, 2023
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An investigation is underway into a B.C. slaughterhouse over alleged animal cruelty, following the release of video obtained by a national animal advocacy group.
On Wednesday, Animal Justice filed a legal complaint against Meadow Valley Meats, claiming staff at the facility were “forcefully hitting and kicking” cows, sheep and goats, before leading the animals to slaughter.
“We received anonymously by mail some shocking footage that appears to be taken inside Meadow Valley Meats,” said Camille Labchuk, lawyer and the organization’s executive director. “It depicts workers kicking and hitting animals with various instruments.”…
“We saw a number of actions at Meadow Valley Meats that are highly concerning and appear to be illegal. Slaughter laws are very, very clear and we feel that there are clear violations caught on tape,” Labchuk said.
Labchuk and her team sent their legal brief to the B.C. SPCA, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The group is not only alleging there’s evidence of animal abuse, but also improper slaughter techniques that could contravene Canadian regulations governing slaughterhouses.
“At a slaughterhouse an animal must be unconscious and insensible to pain before it can be cut open,” said Labchuk from her Toronto office. “But what the footage shows is multiple examples of cows, of goats, and of sheep who are improperly stunned and then appear to show signs of consciousness as or after they are being cut open.”…
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