Only after the last tree has been cut down.  Only after the last river has been poisoned.  Only after the last fish has been caught.  Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread Statement of the Precautionary Principle.

Health Impact

At its May 2001 Annual Meeting, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association passed a resolution calling for policy action concerning quality of life of individuals in regard to air quality, safe water and safe food production.

In August 2002, the 135th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Medical Association adopted the following resolutions:  that CMA express its concern regarding the risk to public health in rural areas that is presented by the development of industrial hog farms; that CMA ask federal, provincial and territorial governments for a moratorium on the expansion of the hog industry until scientific data on the attendant health risks are known; that CMA urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to initiate and support research into contaminants associated with industrial hog farms.

On January 9, 2004, the American Public Health Association issued a resolution urging federal, state, and local government health agencies to impose a precautionary moratorium on all new concentrated animal feeding operations also known as ILOs and factory farms and to initiate and support further research on the health impacts of air and water pollution from such operations. 

How much longer will the federal, provincial, and local governments, elected to exercise due diligence to protect the citizens of this country, continue to finance and support this activity while ignoring the informed calls for a halt to this threat to Canada and its residents? 

When will protecting the health of Canadians become more important than lining the pockets of the pig factory owners and their friends?

Elaine Hughes
Stop the Hogs Coalition
Archerwill, SK

 

...using common sense towards healthy food from healthy animals

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