Toronto Star

Make treatment of animals an issue come election time


Re Despite repressive new law, animal activists won’t be

deterred, Oct. 11

The Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act (Bill 156) will hopefully be an issue in next year’s provincial election.

The government should realize that the number of voters interested in the humane treatment of animals vastly exceeds the number who own slaughterh­ouses or factory farms. Respecting animal welfare will not reduce employment in slaughterh­ouses or on farms or cause people to buy less food.

The current government should also explain why slaughterh­ouses and factory farms are given special protection against inadverten­tly hiring journalist­s or investigat­ors while other employers such as bakeries and warehouses require no such protection.

Bruce Couchman, Ottawa

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