|PIGS FORCED TO ENDURE 8.5 DAYS OF GRUELING TRANSPORT FROM CANADA TO SLAUGHTER IN HAWAII|
|The Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA), Animal Rights Hawaii and Animalsí Angels, a German animal welfare organization, has documented the 8.5 day transport of 400 pigs each week from Alberta, Canada to Oahu, Hawaii. The pigs are kept in tiny crates, deprived of food, water and ventilation, and forced to endure travel via truck and ship before reaching Oahu, only to be slaughtered. Not only does this arduous journey violates Canadian animal welfare laws, it violates the United States twenty-eight hour law, which requires animals to be unloaded and given 5 hours rest, along with food and water, after every twenty-eight hours of transport by rail, express carrier or common carrier. Unfortunately, the twenty-eight hour law excludes travel by air and sea from regulation. For information on the federal twenty-eight hour law, CLICK HERE.
When Canadian authorities were informed of this travesty, they refused to take responsibility and instead claimed that they cannot be responsible for what happens to the pigs once they leave Canada. What is even more disturbing is that the U.S. twenty-eight hour law is not enforced and excludes protections for these animals during transport by sea. Fore more information from Animals' Angels, CLICK HERE.
For a detailed report from Farm Sanctuary, CLICK HERE.
To read a detailed day-by-day summary of the report, CLICK HERE.
Note that the European Union has much stricter laws that regulate the transport of farm animals, including a maximum of eight hours of travel before animals must be unloaded and allowed to rest, eat and drink. For information on the EU laws for animal transport, CLICK HERE.
Please write to the Canadian and U.S. officials and politely ask them to take action to improve the conditions for these animals.
Mr. Richard B. Fadden,
President Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Dr. Jason D. Moniz
Program Manager, Livestock Disease Control Branch
State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture
1428 S. King Street Honolulu, HI 96814
Please contact the USDA and urge them to enforce animal protection laws, specifically the twenty-eight hour law.
Secretary Mike Johanns
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250.