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Farm Animals – Is That Legal in Canada? Part III

  Meat Inspection Act The Meat Inspection Act[1] legislates the treatment of farm animals in federally registered slaughter facilities. Part III of The Meat Inspection Regulations (Regulations) sets the rules for methods of slaughter as well as ante-mortem and...

Farm Animals – Is That Legal In Canada? Part II

Criminal Code of Canada Although the Criminal Code of Canada offers little protections to farm animals.   Criminal charges are rare and convictions even more infrequent.  Imprisonment for animal-related crimes is atypical. According to section 444 of the Criminal Code...

Farm Animals – Is That Legal In Canada? Part I

There are no federal laws in Canada specifically outlining the welfare of animals on animal farms and hatcheries.  These animals are not subject to mandatory animal welfare inspection by the government.   Government agents inspect farms on rare occasions when a...

Arguments Against Animal Rights Part V

14.   If animal rights activists prevail, domestic animals would be extinct.  If we stop breeding domesticated animals, some will survive and some will not.  It would be left up to them to reproduce naturally as opposed to artificial human intervention.    Feral...

Arguments Against Animal Rights Part IV

7.  If animals have rights, what about apples and cucumbers. This often-sarcastic argument suggests that the killing of plants is synonymous to the killing of animals.  Fruits and vegetables lack a brain or central nervous system. Therefore, they are not considered to...

Arguments Against Animal Rights Part III

5.  Although some animals can experience pain, they lack a psychological identity. Some animals like shellfish, may be capable of experiencing pain but appear to lack other psychological faculties.  In this case, their rights might differ from the rights of humans or...