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Published on Aug 30, 2010
Canadian border crossings (Manitoba in this case) do not provide dedicated lanes for livestock trailers; they are forced to sit stationary in line with all other trailers.
As our trailers do not have forced ventilation, the temperature and ammonia levels rise dramatically. On the day we shot this footage the average wait was 15 minutes but it can be hours on a busy day.
The animals most frequently transported into the US are cull sows and boars - our most health-compromised animals as they've lived lives of intense confinement, then been culled as they are injured or sick. They are at high risk of heat stroke.
Demand better. Go to www.cetfa.com; print off and complete the transport petition under Long-Distance Transport: One Cruel Ride.