|"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.
Fair Vote Canada
NAFTA Growing Resistance & Calls for Renegotiation &
A power point presentation by Janet M Eaton, PhD, academic,
researcher, activist and free trade critic. June 8, 2008 (Click
here to view a pdf version.)
This 60 slide power point with text, quotes, references and
images chronicles the resistance to NAFTA that is rapidly emerging
across North America. Civil Society groups, political parties,
elected representatives, public policy centres and coalitions in
Mexico, Canada and the US, as well as cross border coalitions, are
all calling for the renegotiation of NAFTA.
It is hoped by documenting and exposing the breadth and extent of
this movement that citizens and politicians alike will recognize the
imperative for action. With the significant evidence of failure of
the present `free trade´ system and the extent of resistance
highlighted herein, the recalcitrant and reactionary calls of elite
proponents of NAFTA, to maintain the status quo, must be challenged.
Conclusions and links to other power points on the flaws and
failures of NAFTA, and the SPP are found at the end of this power
for more information
"Uranium mining must end, and a fair and
just transition program for workers and communities must be instituted. The
lobbying by the nuclear industry to justify the mining of uranium to supply
civil nuclear energy as a solution to climate change is pure folly. A
solution should never be equally bad or worse than the problem it is
intended to solve"
~ Joan Russow
Canadian Peace Activist and Former National Leader of the Green
Party of Canada 1997 to 2001
Peace, Earth & Justice
we’re seeing is a well-orchestrated international public relations
campaign by a very desperate nuclear industry … I think it is really
important to realize that there is an element of stampeding the herd in
the direction of nuclear power, when in fact it may be a cliff we are
heading to, not a bridge to the future.”
~ Dr. Gordon Edwards,
the raw material of a power-elite who has taken Mother Earth's every living
~ Petra Kelly (1947 - 1992)
German Co-Founder, German Green Party
Right Livelihood Award Winner
The Corn Ethanol Biofuels Sham: It was one of the
dumbest "green" ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of
acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn
fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract
the fuel than you get from the fuel itself! Meanwhile, sit back
and proclaim you've achieved a monumental green victory (President
Bush, anyone?) all while unleashing a dangerous spike in global food
prices that's causing a ripple effect of food shortages and rationing
around the world.
Adams, The Health Ranger
taken in the early 1960s by Helen Zimmer (Delwisch) on the family farm west of
They don't know how long the piglet nursed from this cow
but the family needed the milk.
So, they separated them - the cow bawled and
the piglet squealed in protest for hours afterwards.
by Colleen Perrin
21, 2007 -- Violet and her brother Alfred (back row) were
rescued and became residents of Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter as
tiny piglets in August 2006. The owner of a farm in Vermont
spotted them wandering around the countryside near a horse farm in
Vermont and she could see they needed help and that left on their own,
they would make easy prey for coyotes. The siblings were given a
temporary home at her farm while a search began to find someone to
For several weeks, diligent efforts were made to find the piglets a
home but the farmers and petting zoo that came forward could not
promise to keep them from harm. Once they were adults, they would be
sent to slaughter.
Things were not looking hopeful for these piglets but when Farm
Sanctuary was contacted and asked to take them, the good news came
that the New York shelter had room for them and would help
immediately. Both piglets were nervous when they climbed into the
cozy, straw-filled van to begin their journey to their new life but
they didn’t need to fear. They were greeted with open arms at the
sanctuary and boldly stepped out of the van. The next morning they
awoke to a bright, sunny day.
Photos credited to Farm Sanctuary
Please visit: http://factoryfarming.com/pork.htm
Stalling' Coalition Tells Hog Producers
1, 2007 -- A national coalition
of advocates for socially responsible livestock production is calling
on Canada's pork producers to stop caging pregnant pigs on concrete in
small metal cages known as gestation stalls or sow stalls.
Yesterday, less than
one week after North America's largest pork producer, Smithfield
Foods, announced a phase-out of all the gestation stalls in all its
barns, Maple Leaf Foods followed suit, making it the first major
Canadian hog producer to ban the controversial housing method.
Factory Farming Coalition applauds Maple Leaf Foods for its socially
responsible decision,” said
, a Coalition
Organizer. “We are now calling on all Canadian pork producers,
including Big Sky Farms, Stomp Pork Farms, Hytek Ltd., Puratone and
Paragon Pork, to follow Maple Leaf and
Sow stalls have been
standard practice in North American intensive hog barns for decades.
In contrast, in the European Union, where several countries have long
since banned the stalls on humane grounds, a universal phase-out has
been in progress since 2000. Last year,
became the second
American state to ban sow stalls.
“Thanks to the
persistent efforts of farm animal advocates, consumers have awakened
to the horror stories behind their bacon and eggs,” said
, publisher of
Eatkind.net, a member of the Beyond Factory Farming Coalition. “Now
and Maple Leaf have
moved to implement group housing, other Canadian producers who don't
follow their lead could find themselves at a competitive disadvantage
in the social values-driven economy of the 21st century.”
to sow stalls, such as housing sows in small groups on loose
straw-covered flooring, are being successfully used by large-scale hog
and other countries.
Certified organic hog farms – which also provide access to the
outdoors for the sows and their young – have seen demand for their
product grow at an accelerating pace among today's ethical consumers.
For years, there has
been a race to the bottom in global livestock production practices.
has begun to reverse
that trend. Now it's
's turn to join the
race to the top.
11, 2007 -- From
1988 to 2000, our little hog operation kept 55 sows but, due to family
illness and age, their numbers have dropped. Only new moms are
housed in our little barn; the balance has group housing in a large
shed. They are kept warm in winter by using straw and cool in
summer with a mud hole, sand and cross ventilation. They also have
a pasture to graze in during summer months. Pigs do not sweat and must
find other ways to remain cool. As the heat of day becomes less
intense, they stroll out to pasture making it easier for us to note
any problems and determine which ones should go into the barn for
sows are fed outside on a concrete pad and are given enough feed
for 2 days plus a bit more every 2 second day. That way, the
more timid ones also received their required ration. In summer, this is
done in the evening to avoid heat stress. The system has worked
fine for us for over twenty years.
brought in to farrow. Most know their young will be safe in
the barn and, often times, they will be at the fence waiting for us to
move them in the day before they give birth. We try to move
them at dusk into the brighter light of the barn.
Occasionally, a mom will want to head for the 'north 40' but with gentle
persuasion can be moved.
to pure ignorance, we originally purchased a few 'farrowing
crates', and used them only when desperate. A small local company
produced a box stall type crate called a 'Converta-pen'. In this one,
the mom can be enclosed in a crate to prevent her from turning
around with the pain and anxiety of childbirth, and subsequently
hurting herself and her tiny family members milling around her sharp feet.
As soon as things calm down, one wall of her crate is moved to the side
to give her freedom and the other remains to protect her children and
their supplemental heat lamps. This area had 'liquid manure'.
favourite farrowing pens are 8 x 8 foot totally-enclosed box
stalls with one corner fenced off so mom can see her family but not be
afraid of her next door neighbour. These are more labour-intensive
because they are on cement and bedded with raw
sawdust from a local mill.
today are genetically different than those in Grandma's day. They are
longer and leaner but are not more miserable because they are hungry.
They need good food because they work hard. Pigs are very intelligent and
curious but easily riled up -- a fact that causes many a farmer to
believe the head is on the wrong end. Occasionally, a sow will become
mean to others in the group. There is a simple solution for this -- the
next bus out of town.
time, at a local community meeting about the proposed but very unwanted
huge operation about to invade our area, an Agricultural Engineer asked
the crowd, "How can we tell a happy pig.". I've thought about
this statement many times over the years as we were weaning a mom and
taking her back outside. She would literally skip. ‘Good job done and
free from those darn kids’, a euphoria that would last for an
hour or so before she would want to go back to her kids like any
care has to be given to some moms at weaning, especially young ones with
big litters as it takes a lot of milk to produce those fat little
weanlings. Even with good rations, their bones can become fragile and
they must be allowed to heal. This usually takes about three or
four days and then they are ready to go back to the group and be
re-bred. They have just done an important and very hard job. Many
piglets are weaned from 14 to 21 days; I left ours for 28 days before
breeding them again.
sows are vaccinated for some common diseases and internal and external
parasites. Moms need to feed babies not bugs.
Due to group housing we have little or no problem with
scours, and stopped the use of antibiotics in feed given to
weanlings many years ago.
am enclosing photos of some of our girls. The very pregnant
one that has just returned from cooling herself is Velma.
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