Government emails obtained by Animal Justice through a freedom of information request reveal that thousands of turkeys were brutally killed at a Quebec farm during an avian influenza outbreak. According to the emails, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency originally planned to suffocate the birds with carbon dioxide gas but had to use captive bolt guns and a castration tool to kill the birds one-by-one when the gas was unavailable. There was no mention of measures taken to ensure the animals were dead or unconscious, which could have left improperly stunned or killed birds to suffer for extended periods.
Freedom of Information Request Reveals Turkeys Brutally Killed in Avian Flu Outbreak at Quebec Farm
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: Canada Edition: Issue 39