World Animal Protection congratulates the Retail Council of Canada for committing to cage-free eggs by 2025
World Animal Protection congratulates the grocery members of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) for their industry changing commitment to source only eggs from cage-free hens by 2025. The RCC grocery division includes members such as Sobeys, Loblaw, and Wal-Mart Canada and represents more than 90% of grocery store sales in Canada .
"The RCC's commitment will have a transformative effect on the way that laying hens are housed in Canada ," says World Animal Protection Canada's Executive Director Josey Kitson , "Since 2012 we have been actively campaigning for consumers and businesses to choose cage-free eggs. And as members of the RCC and Canada's National Farm Animal Care Council we are proud of this commitment and believe it will mark the end of cages for laying hens in Canada ."
Right now, the vast majority of the 28 million Canadian laying hens are kept in conventional battery cages where each hen lives in a space smaller than an iPad and has little room to stretch her wings or move around freely. Enriched or furnished cages offer more space, about the size of a postcard for each bird, an area for egg laying and some perch space. In typical cage-free barns, hens are able to express some natural behaviors like laying eggs in a nest box and perching.
In February of this year, the Egg Farmers of Canada announced that they will phase out battery cages in Canada by 2036. While the Egg Farmers will allow producers to choose between enriched cages and cage-free housing systems, it is clear that the future of egg production in Canada is cage-free.
"We know that Canadian consumers are concerned about the welfare of the animals that produce their meat, dairy and eggs and that enriched cages do not address those concerns, continues Kitson. "The Retail Council of Canada's commitment, along with previous announcements from A&W, McDonalds, Tim Hortons and others provides clear direction to producers that enriched cages are a bad investment."
After SeaWorld, here are six animal scandals we need to fix
In a dramatic shift that hopefully signals an eventual end to the practice of keeping orcas captive for public exhibition, SeaWorld announced it would cease all of its orca breeding programs, phase out the theatrical performances by the whales in all of its parks nationwide, and broadly commit itself to the task of rescue and rehabilitation of marine creatures in distress. The Humane Society of the United States has long been a vocal opponent of using captive whales and other marine mammals for entertainment, but we’ve found common ground with SeaWorld in these game-changing decisions, and we commend these new polices as a major step toward a humane economy says Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS. As we celebrate this monumental achievement, we also recognize that every business grounded on animal exploitation needs to adapt to consumer demands and expectations. Here are six other animal welfare concerns that still need our urgent attention.
The extreme confinement of farm animals
On this, as with all these issues, though, we have to keep the pressure up. SeaWorld shows that things can change: with effort, we can make our country, and the world, a more humane and less cruel place.
Florida zoo owners allegedly drowned and shot animals, face animal abuse charges:
Several roadside zoos operated by a father-daughter duo were scary houses of horrors for the poor animals that were held there, authorities say. Eric Mogensen and his daughter Meghan allegedly euthanized their creatures by drowning and even shooting them dead, and they’re now facing federal animal mistreatment charges.
The two, who run the 50-acre Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze, Fla., were charged with multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act last month, reports the North West Florida Daily News. Details of the sickening allegations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture emerged over the weekend. Authorities allege that staff used out-of-date medications and once shot a sick animal instead of mercifully putting it to sleep.
It's also claimed the tiger enclosure wasn't properly ventilated and other pens had sharp nails protruding from rusted fences. Lion and tiger food bins weren't regularly cleaned, goats and sheep did not have adequate shelter from the sun and the venue wasn't properly supervised when a child was bitten by a camel, the complaint claims. The Mogensens were also charged in connection with alleged incidents at the two other attractions they own in Virginia. Officials suspect that an animal was euthanized by drowning at the Reston Zoo and the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge.
A spider monkey also died of hypothermia, the investigators added. The Mogensens have not commented on the allegations, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The Humane Society of the United States said it brought the complaint to the attention of the press because “it’s important that people understand what goes on at these roadside zoos.” “The charges in the complaint are pretty heinous,” said Lisa Wathne, a captive wildlife specialist with the animal welfare organization. Wathne said that Meghan Mogensen previously pleaded guilty to animal cruelty while working at the Reston Zoo in Virginia. She later transferred to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. The father and daughter may have to appear at a hearing, Wathne said. "The outcomes could be many, from fines to having their licenses suspended or revoked,” she added. “If that happens, they will not be able to operate the facility.”
Zookeeper risks his hand to give hippo a dental check-up
‘Open wide, you won’t feel a thing…’
A zookeeper in China risked his hand when he reached inside a hippo’s gaping mouth to help him floss.
The animal had got bits of grass and food stuck between his chompers giving him toothache, and clearly hadn’t been brushing morning and evening.
Although hippopotamuses are herbivores, they kill thousands of people a year and can be very aggressive. They are said to kill more people in Africa each year than lions.
The hippo lives in a zoo in Yongchuan District of south-west Chinaís Chongqing City.
He was in such pain from the toothache that he was said to be approaching tourists for help and refusing to eat.
The zookeeper risked his life to reach into the animal’s mouth and pluck out some leftover food from a previous meal.
Luckily, the hippo took it in good spirits and swam away happily and regained its appetite as soon as it left its appointment.
Cheetah cubs given critical care
Five cheetah cubs born last week by caesarean section at a Cincinnati Zoo in the United States are now under critical care in the zoo's nursery.
According to zoo staff the cubs' immune systems have not properly developed.
The cubs are fed every three hours in the hope that they will gain weight and survive.
Cheetahs are endangered. Their population worldwide has shrunk from about 100,000 in 1900 to an estimated 9-12,000 cheetahs today.
A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter, but cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year. Cheetah cubs have long tall hair that runs from their neck all the way down to the base of their tail, which is called the mantle. The mantle makes a cheetah cub look like a honey badger and makes them blend into tall grass, which helps keep them safe from threats like lions and hyenas.
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds!