Poll: 97 Percent Want More Humane Animal Transportation

Overwhelming majority of Canadian participants—nearly half of whom have a farming background—says pigs, cows, and chickens deserve better treatment during transport.

Animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals (MFA) recently reported on a national survey that found that 97 percent of Canadians believed it is important for farm animals to be transported in a humane manner. The survey proposed five different pieces of legislation to improve protection for farm animals during transport, which were each given a score to indicate support. Participants provided an average score of 8 out of 10, with the highest-rated response given to a proposed rule that would increase penalties for transportation companies that violated the rules. Even more noteworthy is that 49 percent of respondents said they had a background in farming or agriculture. Ninety-five percent of participants also expressed that protecting animals from weather extremes and providing access to food, water, and rest periods were worth the higher associated costs of humane treatment. The news comes during a high-profile case against Anita Kranjc, a member of the Canada-based Toronto Pig Save, who is facing charges of criminal mischief—punishable by up to $5,000 or 10 years in prison—for providing water to thirst-stricken pigs en route to slaughter in a hot metal truck during a humid, summer day.

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