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Lilydale charged for transporting chickens during cold snap

February 13, 2014 CBC News

One of Canada's largest poultry producers is accused of causing its chickens undue pain and suffering by transporting them during a cold snap in B.C. in 2012. Lawyers representing Lilydale Inc. appeared in Provincial Court in Port Coquitlam, B.C., Wednesday to face four charges under the Health of Animals and Meat Inspection Acts.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency claims Lilydale exposed the birds to freezing weather in Jan. 18, 2012. On that day records show it was an unusually cold, –12 C in the Fraser Valley with a wind chill factor of –20.

According to court documents, Lilydale moved the chickens from Chilliwack to Port Coquitlam, exposing them to cold, pain and avoidable distress. A company spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

BC SPCA spokesman Geoff Urton says investigations are triggered by unusually high death rates like chickens arriving frozen or suffocating from poor ventilation. Urton says Canada has antiquated regulations governing the transportation of farm animals, and that's why his organization is calling for more humane rules.

"When something like this happens I think people are generally alarmed to hear that its quite common for animals to die during transport, and that someone would choose to transport these animals on an extremely cold day at –12 C when they should have known that it would cause them to suffer," said Upton. "Just because we eat animals doesn't mean that it is ethical for us to allow them to suffer."

The CFIA website lists Lilydale as a repeat animal transportation violator, fined five times previously, but Urton says charges are actually very rare.

Comment: The court case is scheduled to continue March 5. Lilydale has a dark history. Some years ago a Lilydale plant was charged with the inhumane slaughter of 284 turkeys by immersing them while fully conscious into a tank of scalding water. The outcome - a measly fine of 2,500. It’s both insulting and a travesty of justice. Another low for humanity. So people, if you’re outraged like I am, continue to fight for all the victims of man’s savagery.

The day may come, when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. Tom Regan 

March 9, 2015 Canadian Poultry Company Fined

February 18, 2010 Lilydale sold for $130M

March 24, 2015 Vancouver chicken slaughterhouse sued after worker died of heart failure following years of long hours at ‘strenuous’ job

Comment: Corporate greed and profits at all costs. Suffering, death, and exploitation of the weaker while most look the other way or simply don’t care. In the absence of morality and/or good legal standards that are rigorously enforced we end up with a race to the bottom and we are in the midst of an inexorable slide right now.

Will this lawsuit cause Hallmark to change its ways or is it merely the cost of doing business? We can help shut it down by avoiding any and all animal products. Go vegan today.

October 24, 2016 Turkeys abused at Abbotsford company, animal rights group claims

Comment: MFA has been in Canada for four years and this is its 11th investigation. Clearly, leaving it to industry to police itself is not an effective way to enforce animal welfare standards and prevent abuse. As well, government should not be financing the torture of animals by providing subsidies or bailouts to the animal agriculture industry. Investors are backing meatless companies nowadays, and the public is increasingly shying away for the consumption of animal products.

June 12, 2017 Undercover video shows ‘sadistic’ animal abuse on B.C. farms: animal rights group

June 13, 2017 comment: The graphic undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals depicts multiple workers throwing, hitting, dismembering and killing chickens, and forcing the birds into violent sexual acts with each other. The law must seek proper justice (although no punishment will be fitting) for the tortured and voiceless victims of this most vile crime!!  

We can all take action to help prevent such abuses within the industry, and as consumers, our power is tremendous if we simply keep animal products off our plates. If there’s no demand, there’s no supply. The video: Chicken Torture

Read more: Codes of Practice fail to protect farm animals; NFACC Report 2011; Timelines; NFAHWC; Maple Lodge inhumanity

Ontario turkey farm video shows ‘gaping hole’ in government animal welfare oversight

Related: Animal abuse and cruelty is inherent throughout the animal agriculture industry. TysonTorturesAnimals.com.