Hidden cameras show alleged cruelty at Quebec veal farm
Deprived of its mother, a calf suckles the edge of a bucket. (Photo Courtesy Mercy for Animals & CTV)
MONTREAL — An animal rights group has released hidden-camera video of what its says are calves in chains being beaten, punched and kicked at a factory farm in Quebec.
The video is the second one released by the group Mercy For Animals Canada in the past week. The same group released images that apparently showed live chicks being ground up at a Hanover, Ont., processing plant.
The group said the video of the calves was filmed at a Delimax Veal-affiliated factory farm in Pont-Rouge, Que.
The images show calves being crammed into feces-covered wooden boxes where they were chained by their necks, unable to sit or lie down. The videos also show workers appearing to kick and punch the young animals. Some animals appear to be stuck in the wooden slats in their crates.
The group said sick and hurt calves were not medically treated.
Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers
Andre Blais, the head of development and commercialization for Delimax, said his company does not own the farm.
"They're not our animals. The people who raise them don't work for us," Blais told QMI Agency. "They are a client, and we sell their services."
In a statement Monday, the group called on the Retail Council of Canada to "implement a new policy that prohibits the cruel confinement of calves in restrictive veal crates in its member grocers' supply chains."
The Canadian Meat Council was not immediately available for comment.
Mercy For Animals Canada has submitted a legal complaint to the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
— with files from Anne Caroline Desplanques