Sow Stall Update

April 4, 2013
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Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) is an investigative and educational organization established to examine intensive farming practices, including the transportation and slaughter of animals forced to exist in this system.
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Calgary Co-Op
On March 13, CETFA supporter Clint Robertson made a Motion at the Calgary Co-op’s AGM to phase out the sale and sourcing of eggs and pork produced using intensive confinement systems. The motion, which was successfully adopted by co-op members, will be implemented over the next five years at all 24 of the company’s stores.
If you are a member of your local Co-op, you too can make a motion. Co-ops are responsive to members, and as Clint showed, such actions can make an incredible difference in lives of Canada’s farm animals.
Clint has offered to share information and provide assistance to anyone interested in doing the same. You can contact him at
Tim Hortons
After targeted campaigns by CETFA and others, Tim Hortons released its timeline for a phase out and ban of gestation crates. Tim Hortons will have a sow stall-free pork supply chain by 2022. Read more about it here.
Olymel, the second-largest pork producer in the country, has also agreed to phase out gestation crates for pregnant sows by 2022.  For more information, read this article.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDCETFA is in the process of updating its website, and is seeking help from a graphic designer. If you have graphic design skills and can volunteer a few hours, please contact us at

IN THE NEWSHealth (Canada): Our antibiotics are becoming ineffective. Ontario doctors urge the federal government to crack down on widespread antibiotic use in factory farms to combat drug resistance in humans. Find out more here.
Animal welfare (Canada): Alberta agriculture advises producers to starve pigs to save money. Read the shocking details in a blog post by MFA Canada here.
Animal welfare & heath (Canada): Antidepressants from depressed hens? Ontario egg producers invest in the development of antidepressants made from the eggs of depressed hens. Find out more in a blog post by MFA Canada here.
Breaking news (U.S.): A fifth Butterball employee pleads guilty to criminal cruelty to animals following a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation. Full story.

World news: Bill Gates endorses the development of healthful plant-based foods as alternatives to traditional meat production. Read more here.
World news: BBC’s „What If?“ program takes a look at the future, and predicts that all sales of meat will be banned by 2050.


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