There are 20 times more farm animals than people in Canada but a drive through the countryside doesn't give you that impression.
Most Canadian farm animals spend their lives crammed into tiny pens, battery cages or crates inside windowless barns. They are fed unnatural diets, antibiotics and suffer painful mutilations like de-beaking and tooth breaking so they can be kept at huge numbers on intensive livestock operations (ILOs).
WSPA has released a report, What's on Your Plate? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Animal Agriculture in Canada that exposes the destructive impacts of ILOs on our health, the environment, animal welfare and rural Canada.
Some of the most alarming findings in What's on Your Plate? concern the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The routine practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy livestock to boost their immune systems and promote growth contributes to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections. While we wouldn't put antibiotics in our breakfast cereal, hundreds of thousands of kilos of antibiotics are mixed into animal feed each year.