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Agriculture Report

Chicken Farmers Fired

By Fadi Didi

Loblaw's investigates company accused of animal abuse.


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Grocery giant Loblaws says it is investigating after a supplier in B-C's Fraser Valley was accused of animal abuse.

Elite Services of Chilliwack, which is responsible for catching chickens at farms, says it has fired five employees including a supervisor after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.

The S-P-C-A in British Columbia has launched a formal investigation into the alleged abuses captured on video by a whistleblower.

Lindsay Wolf, vice-president of investigations with the group Mercy For Animals, says the birds were slaughtered at a plant in Port Coquitlam, then shipped to Loblaws and Loblaws-owned stores.

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The U.S. dairy industry has submitted its demands for the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA, pushing for freer trade in dairy overall and more specifically for a reversal of new Canadian rules on milk-derived products.

These requests came in a letter submitted to the U.S. government this week as it collects input from industry while preparing American negotiating positions for NAFTA talks, scheduled to start in August.

The industry demands are an indicator of what U.S. lawmakers with certain industries in their state will expect in exchange for theirs vote on a deal.

The dairy lobby's 15-page letter had two main requests regarding Canada: a reversal of new rules on ultrafiltered milk products and increased access to the Canadian market.

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The company responsible for catching chickens at farms in British Columbia's Fraser Valley says it has fired five employees after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.

Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services, says in a statement the company is taking ``immediate corrective action'' after being ``sickened'' by the footage it saw.

The SPCA in British Columbia has launched a formal investigation into what its investigator calls ``brutal and sadistic'' violence against chickens.

Lindsay Wolf, with the group Mercy For Animals, says the abuses were captured by a whistleblower working for the company that supplies services at more than a dozen farms in the Fraser Valley.

The group wants grocery giant Loblaws to ensure the welfare of animals in its supply chain after the release of the video.

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The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.

Performers this year include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews.

Other acts include Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson and Insects versus Robots.
 


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