Chilliwack – This week, CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency, laid charges against Elite Farm Services and Sofina Foods in response to Mercy For Animals’ 2017 exposé which revealed workers punting and throwing chickens, slamming them against walls and transport crates, and ripping the legs off conscious animals and management standing by while workers engaged in crude sex acts with the birds.
In response, Mercy For Animals Canada in a media statement: We are encouraged by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) filing of 38 charges against Elite Farm Services, Sofina Foods, and chairman of Elite Farm Services Dwayne Dueck after a 2017 undercover exposé by Mercy For Animals. The exposé revealed workers punting and throwing chickens, slamming them against walls and transport crates, and ripping the legs off conscious animals and management standing by while workers engaged in crude sex acts with the birds.
The companies and Dwayne Dueck are being charged under the Health of Animals Regulations. The CFIA alleges that they unlawfully beat animals and loaded animals into transport trucks in a manner that caused injury or undue suffering.
Elite Farm Services Ltd., Dwayne Paul Dueck, and Sofina Foods Inc./Aliments Sofina Inc. will appear before a justice for the Province of British Columbia in the Provincial Court at Chilliwack Law Courts, 46085 Yale Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 2L8 on December 18, 2018, at 9 a.m. local time.
Mercy For Animals has released 13 exposés into some of Canada’s largest meat, dairy, and egg factory farms, each time documenting horrific animal abuse. The organization’s exposés have led to bans on gestation crates for mother pigs, retailer commitments to end cages for nearly all egg-laying hens, and a ban on veal crates for baby calves. MFA has also attained unprecedented legal convictions of factory farms, their owners, and their workers and has prompted amendments to include better protections for farmed animals in provincial and federal legislation.