"Revealed: No Country for Animals", a
documentary by Karen Pinker and Kevin Newman aired on Global TV on July 28.
The film examines Canada’s deplorable record on animal welfare and looks at the
people who are fighting to bring about much-needed change.
Only one retail store was used as an example of how the meat industry can be better, and
that was The Healthy Butcher. The film crew followed co-founder Mario Fiorucci during a visit to one of The Healthy Butcher's pig farms.
Don't miss this Saturday's Opening Ceremonies!
August 7, 1:00pm at 298 Eglinton West
Toronto's Inaugural Meat Fashion Show:
(Immediately following the fashion show.)
Head Butcher Queen Paul Bradshaw takes on Head Butcher Eglinton Dave
Meli for the crown, butchering their way through a side of pork where
both time and accuracy will count;
Guest Commentator Mark Schatzker, author of "Steak:
One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef", columnist
for the Globe and Mail, and contributor to countless other publications;
Guest Judge Ryan Donovan, Head Butcher at
Free valet parking - just pull up in front of the doors and visit in
Free pastries from
Free coffee and other samples
Mark Schatzker will have a book signing session after the butchering
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At The Healthy Butcher's pig farm, the camera crew's jaws dropped at what
they saw before them. Instead of seeing cement stalls with steel grate
floors, or gestation crates, a common
practice in North America of keeping sows (female breeding pigs) in a cage that
is 7ft by 2ft, the pigs roamed around on pasture, and waddled in the mud.
"It is a sight for sore eyes", as one cameraman put it. We have included
some images of the farm below.
The documentary focuses on the treatment of animals raised for food, which is
unfortunately where the most inhumane treatment of animals occurs. The
images of caged and stacked chickens in the film sends shivers down our spine.
Frankly, it was
similar images and similar documentaries that was the impetus to start The
Healthy Butcher. There is a better way, folks! If everyone could visit a
conventional chicken farm and our organic chicken farm, no one would ever
purchase a conventional chicken again.
The challenge of creating a sustainable, humane meat industry comes down to
dollars and cents. As Fred de Martines, our pig farmer who was filmed in
the documentary so eloquently put it, "people have to pay more for their food."
We need to financially support those few people out there making a difference.
It is an ironic coincidence that this weekend commences our Festival of
Farmers - a celebration of, and recognition for the people behind Ontario's
bounty. The farmers we are celebrating are those small, organic farmers
from whom we purchase our meat and vegetables. Truthfully, it is a wonder
that they exist at all. Imagine for a moment you are one of them - it doesn’t
matter what kind... say you’re raising pigs on pasture or you’re growing various
vegetables without using gallons of harmful chemicals - the argument is the
same. Consider then, your livelihood is completely dependent on Ontario’s
unpredictable and often uncooperative weather; add to that not knowing how much
money you will get paid for your product; let’s also throw in exorbitant
equipment and input costs, increasing property taxes, new government regulations
that complicate and change how things are done, the back-breaking physical
labour involved, and a general lack of appreciation for the work that you do.
How long would you last in this profession?
We encourage you to watch
"Revealed: No Country for Animals" available online
here. We encourage you to eat less meat, but better meat in every
sense of the word - better for you, better tasting, and humanely raised. And we
especially encourage and invite you to attend the opening ceremonies of our
Festival of Farmers this coming Saturday, August 7. Our goal of this
festival is to increase awareness and gain appreciation for the small local
farmers that are making a difference in our food system. Put faces behind
the food you eat. Behind real food there are real people.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -
Click here to watch Revealed: No Country for Animals
Photos from The Healthy Butcher's Pig Farm near Stratford,
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