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No New Slaughterhouse in Toronto – STOP Tru-Harvest “Meats” Inc
March 1 @ 12:00 pm
Please join us on March 1 at 12:00 PM at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office at 1122 Finch Ave W Unit 22, North York for a demonstration against the opening of a new cow & calf slaughterhouse in Toronto, and at 1:30 PM for another demo & vigil for the cows and calves arriving for slaughter at Tru-Harvest slaughterhouse at 70 Glen Scarlett Rd.
***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that everyone wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. If there are more than five people at the demonstration, we will ask that everyone form groups of 5 and spread over different corners of the street***
Tru Harvest “Meats” plans to open a new slaughterhouse, at the same site as Ryding-Regency, on Monday and they intend to kill 1,600 cows per week including baby calves for “veal”. Ryding-Regency was closed in 2019 for E-Coli contaminated “meat” after the company deceived the CFIA by providing false or misleading information test results.
We DEMAND that the CFIA and Toronto’s City Council:
• WITHDRAW the license to Tru Harvest “Meats” to open a new slaughterhouse in Toronto.
• STOP the proposed killing of 83,200 cows per year. 3.7 million cows are killed each year in Canada. Over 292 million cows and baby calves are killed globally every year.
• STOP subjecting innocent animals to unimaginable suffering and violence. In the proposed halal and kosher slaughterhouse, animals are not going to be stunned and will be fully conscious as they are going to die slow painful deaths. Linda McQuaig, in a Toronto Star article, wrote: ‘Cows hoisted upside down, dangling from one leg, appear to be still moving while workers tear off their skin with knives.’
• STOP killing male calves. They are babies aged only between 1 and 24 weeks old.
• STOP killing pregnant dairy cows. It’s obscene to learn that the majority of dairy cows going to the slaughterhouse are pregnant.
• STOP using taxpayer dollars to subsidize these atrocities. In 2019 alone animal agriculture subsidies by the Canadian government totaled $1.9 billion.
• SHUT down all slaughterhouses and engage in alternate safe and meaningful employment programs in the plant-based food industry for slaughterhouse workers, making Toronto a Slaughter Free City.
• ENACT a slaughter-free, plant-based food policy at city-administered offices, community centers and educational institutions.
• ALLOCATE funding to provide plant-based foods for Toronto’s low-income communities.
• IMPROVE the nutritional education and cooking programs for slaughter-free, plant-based meals in city-run community centers and other educational institutions
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