Toronto – September 6, 2016: On August 30, 2016 at 1:30 in the morning an animal transport truck was observed pulling into a rest stop near Cambridge Ontario. The truck with a Manitoba license plate was full of dairy cows. Upon closer inspection, fresh blood was observed along the side of the trailer.
Video footage and pictures documented an injured and freshly bleeding cow inside the trailer and another cow down. The individual documenting the incident stayed with the truck for approximately 45 minutes but observed no driver in or near the truck.
The individual laid a complaint with both the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, complete with video and picture documentation.
But obvious questions arise from this incident – How far were these animals transported? Why were distressed animals left in the truck for as long as an hour at the rest stop?
Such incidents highlight a broken animal transportation system that cannot protect farm animals from such extreme suffering during transport. The federal Minister of Agriculture must update transportation legislation so it protects farm animals in transit.
Contact: Liz White 416-462-9541 (ext. 23)
Video can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/9nuZZh4WdnU