MFA Canada Investigation Forces Phase-out of Veal Crates

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I am certain that you all remember our heartbreaking investigation into one of the largest veal farms in North America, Délimax Veal, which aired on W5 in April of this year.

Since sharing with each of you what really goes on behind the closed doors of these veal farms, Mercy For Animals Canada has been working tirelessly to ensure that the feces-covered wooden boxes that these baby calves are housed in are banned.

I am very pleased to share with you that the Ontario Veal Association has just publicly announced that it is recommending the phase-out of inherently cruel veal crates by 2018. A huge success!

As a result of our investigation, which exposed the egregious acts of cruelty considered standard practice by the veal industry, the Quebec Veal Association banned veal crates, and major retailers Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro also agreed to a ban. Such a ban was already in effect at Costco. This means that 97 percent of the veal produced in Canada will now be crate-free.

But what continues to befuddle us is that the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) still refuses to support a ban of this horrible practice, even though its involvement is critical to holding producers and retailers to their commitment in the long run. The RCC's directors have been dragging their feet on this critical issue -- they are letting consumers down! Don't let them sit idle on what should have been done months ago.

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Please sign our petition, and then write to the RCC to send a loud and clear message that the Canadian public will not tolerate this abuse!

Krista Osborne
Executive Director
Mercy For Animals Canada