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Animals and Research

Since the 1960s, the CFHS has taken a lead role in improving the welfare of animals used in research in Canada. This section provides information on some of the key issues in this area, and the CFHS’ ongoing activities.

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  • CFHS Statement on CTV W5 Veal Expose

    On Saturday April 19th Canadians experienced the reality of veal farming – one of the most controversial practices in the farming industry.

    The shocking and deeply disturbing footage aired on CTV W5 showed both acts of cruelty and also practices which are currently accepted as standard industry practices.

    It is distressing to witness animals being treated so viciously, even more so when those animals are at their most vulnerable – only a few days or weeks after they are born, when they should still be suckling their mothers. This is absolutely unacceptable.

    The CFHS is calling on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to implement immediate and broad sweeping changes to ensure that the five freedoms for animal welfare are met and adhered to within the veal industry.

    After watching this undercover video Canadians need to think very deeply about the choices they are making for their dinner table and what is ethically acceptable to them.

    We call upon the authorities in Quebec to launch an immediate investigation. We also call on the veal barn complex in Pont Rouge, who was focused in the W5 investigation, to immediately halt cruel practices and vigorously pursue the five freedoms.

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