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#55: Canada Shouldn’t Bail Out Slaughterhouses & Factory Farms

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May 15, 2020

Camille is joined by guest co-host Kaitlyn Mitchell, staff lawyer with Animal Justice.

Camille and Kaitlyn discuss the controversy over singer Bryan Adams’ comments and subsequent apology about wet markets, and his plea for people to go vegan. Meanwhile, slaughterhouse workers continue to get infected and die from COVID-19, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is threatening retaliation against inspectors who don’t feel safe working inside meat plants right now.

Speaking of slaughter, Animal Justice just analyzed how many land animals killed for meat in 2019, and the number is a record 834 million. Camille and Kaitlyn break it down by species, and explain why leaving chickens off the plate is especially impactful. A new poll says that over a fifth of Canadians expect more people to consider a meat-free diet post-pandemic, so we hope that number will start to decline.

For our main topic, the hosts delve deeply into Animal Justice’s request that governments deny bailout funding to factory farms and slaughterhouses, and instead fund a transition to a more resilient, plant-based agriculture system that’s also more pandemic-proof. Business-as-usual isn’t good for animals, workers, public health, the environment, or our food supply chain. It’s time for a re-think.

Our heroes this episode are the wonderful supporters who tuned in to our #GivingTuesdayNow livestream event and helped raise $15,000 to continue our life-saving work for animals!

And the zero is Minnesota, where farmers are killing off 3,000 pigs a day because they can’t slaughter them for profit. In a Fargo-esque move, they are sending the pigs’ bodies through a wood chipper, and leaving their remains to rot in a field.

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Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff

Camille Labchuk


Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff


Animal Justice

Camille Labchuk

Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Milling, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.

To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.

To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.

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2019 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

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