Despite protestations to the contrary I guess it’s time to stop buying meat from sources that I don’t personally know.
Animals should be alive and well when transported and should be documented as being so on arrival at the slaughterhouse. The watchdog and the Harper government’s rationale for allowing the transport of dead animals to be rendered does not impress me one bit.
Tim O’Connor, an agency spokesman, said dead animals will only be transported under very limited circumstances. An animal that is injured or too violent to transport will be allowed to be euthanized and transported only after approval by CFIA. And if CFIA does approve, the euthanasia must be carried out by a veterinarian who must certify not only the date and method of killing, but certify the animal is safe for human consumption.
The farmers, you know the stewards of our land and food, are just as bad,
John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association calls it a win-win situation. Currently if a steer is injured there are two choices; transport it while injured or put it down and dispose of it.
Amongst questions like, “why is the animal violent? (BSE etc.) “What made the animal sick?” (BSE etc.) I have another, how about getting medical attention for the animal until it’s better and then transporting it? Or is that not an option?
If a dead animal is transported it would be harder for the limited number of real inspectors (not industry place-men) to detect symptoms of those degenerative diseases that cut into the bottom line so much hey?