Shocking video footage secretly recorded by Mercy For Animals at a Delimax veal factory farm in Canada has resulted in animal cruelty charges against Eric Dame, a former employee at the facility. Dame has been charged with two counts of violating the Quebec provincial Animal Health Protection Act, and could face up to $37,000 in fines.
The graphic undercover video at Delimax—a major veal supplier in Canada—exposed workers kicking, punching, and beating animals, baby calves chained by the neck and locked inside narrow crates so small they couldn’t walk, turn around, or lie down comfortably, and animals suffering from open wounds without proper veterinary care.
Watch the hidden-camera video that led to the charges here:
Following the investigation, Mercy For Animals immediately submitted a detailed legal complaint to the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the agency responsible for enforcing animal welfare laws, calling for animal cruelty charges to be filed against the company for its violations of both provincial and federal law. Mercy For Animals praises the Montreal SPCA for taking swift and decisive action in this important case.
As a result of this landmark investigation, the Ontario Veal Association and the Quebec Veal Association both agreed to phase out inherently cruel veal crates, and major retailers including Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro committed to removing crated veal from their shelves. Such a ban was already in effect at Costco. This means that 97 percent of the veal produced in Canada will now be crate-free.
Surprisingly, the Retail Council of Canada still refuses to prohibit cruel veal crates in its member stores, even though its involvement is critical to holding producers and retailers to their commitment in the long run. Mercy For Animals is now renewing its call to the Retail Council of Canada, which represents all of the major grocery chains in the country, to prohibit the cruel confinement of calves in restrictive veal crates in all of its member grocers’ supply chains.
Please sign our petition, and then write to the Retail Council of Canada to send a loud and clear message that torturing animals in veal crates is unacceptable.
As Mercy For Animals works to expose and end cruelty to animals at the hands of the meat, egg, and dairy industries, consumers still hold the greatest power of all to prevent the needless suffering of farmed animals by adopting a healthy and humane vegan diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.