While this may seem like a one-time, horrific event, similar tragedies are surprisingly common in Canada's livestock transport industry. Currently, Canadian transport regulations allow animals to be transported for up to 52 hours without food, water, or rest. As a result it is estimated that over 8 million animals a year die as a result of transport in Canada.
"Farmed animals in Canada are exposed to all weather extremes. Transport trucks are not adequately enclosed or climate controlled. During the summer, temperatures inside trucks can reach well over 40˚C, particularly when at a standstill. This can lead to heat stress and heart attacks; combined with high ammonia levels, it can cause death by suffocation. During the winter, exposure to snow, frigid winds, freezing temperatures, and extreme wind chill can cause animals to become frozen to the floor or sides of the trailer and possibly freeze to death."
In 2014, Mercy for Animals documented pigs on several trucks dying in both hot and cold transport conditions through Canada. Another Mercy for Animals investigation released in March 2015 shows how many chickens transported through the Canadian winter arrive frozen solid. As one worker describes, "You'll see birds that look like hockey pucks."
While cruel practices like these are incredibly common in Canada's animal transport industry, compassionate consumers can help end the needless suffering of these animals by cutting the products of this industry out of their diets.