Stop Cruel Branding of Cattle With Hot Irons

Target: Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada

Goal: End the painful practice of burning animals’ flesh to mark them as “property.”

Livestock branding is an inhumane practice of cattle identification that needs to be stopped, which involves burning a symbol onto the skin of a farm animal with a hot iron. Branding has no benefit to the animal and is simply used to return lost or stolen “property” to the owners. With modern technology, this outdated practice must be replaced by a pain free method.

Branding causes third degree burns to the animals. Studies have been done showing that animals do indeed feel pain from the procedure to the extent that many producers find it necessary to give pain medication when branding. But this does not help with the long-term pain caused by the healing of the burn. Many Canadian veterinarians are questioning the validity of this archaic practice, and are pushing for humane methods such as the microchips used in dogs and cats.

Branding is used across Canada and especially in the western provinces. Nearly fifty percent of cattle are branded each year on ranches in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Many of these ranches only brand because it is a tradition, and it is time to stop this obsolete and unnecessary practice and start a cruelty-free tradition instead.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau,

Canadian farmers are a vital part of our health and well being, but this comes with a price: thousands of animals suffer abuse each year through the cruel practice of hot iron branding. Veterinarians across the country are speaking out against this unnecessary practice that causes immediate and long-term pain to the animals. To make matters worse, the procedure of hot iron branding is used to identify animal ownership and has no benefit to the animals themselves. With all the advances of modern technology, we must investigate a cruelty-free method of managing animal identification.

We are all accountable for how the animals in our country are treated, and stopping branding of livestock would be a huge improvement in the lives of thousands of animals. Many Canadian ranches brand their animals because it is a tradition, but it is time to stop this obsolete way of thinking and begin a cruelty-free tradition instead.

I urge you to ban hot iron branding in Canada.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Lisa Johnson

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63 Comments

  1. Rhonda Hodgman says:

    HUMAN WASTE OF OXYGEN MORONS … TYPICAL RANCHERS! KILLING ALL AMERICA’S WILD HORSES BECAUSE OF THEIR GREED FOR THE CONTROL OF ALL AMERICA’S FEDERAL GRAZING LANDS FOR THEIR STINKING COWS WHOSE SHIT CAUSES MORE TOXIC GASES THAN ANY HORSE DOES! STOP EATING BEEF AND FEEDING INTO THESE ASSES!

  2. Branding is a cruel and inhumane method that inflicts horrible pain and suffering.

  3. Brand the fucking farmers, every last one of them, they deserve it. Cruelty to farm animals is rampant in every country, farmers are truly evil and all they care about is the money, not an ounce of empathy for the animals they torture on a daily basis. Death to all farmers I say!

    • Suzanne I fully agree with your comment.
      “Brand the fucking farmers, every last one of them, they deserve it. Cruelty to farm animals is rampant in every country, farmers are truly evil and all they care about is the blood money and greed, not an ounce of empathy for the animals they torture on a daily basis. Death to all farmers I say!

      • yes indeed…..farmers do NOT GIVE A SHIT about the animals & their daily suffering, just want the money…..i do hope one day all these POS farmers can feel the pain and suffering that they have done to innocent farm animals….these animals should not have to pay for human greed..

  4. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Reminds me of how Jews were tattooed during the Holocaust. Disgusting.

  5. Branding is barbaric, outrageous and totally unacceptable — AND IT MUST STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Please get this stopped as quickly as possible– it is painful , that no animal should endure.

  7. Marie-Claude BibeaU… CANADA DISGUSTING!

    PLEASE STOP THIS BARBARIC PRACTICE! IT IS NOTHING BUT TORTURE….NO ANIMAL DESERVES THIS! SO EVIL!

    THE RANCHERS SHOULD BE BRANDED…WILL YOU THEN GET IT! IMBECILES!

  8. Julia Edinger says:

    STOP THIS HORRIBLE ACT ,,,, THIS IS PAINFUL !!! MUST THOSE PLACES DOWN,,,ASAP!!!

  9. Raynesha McGhee-Reed says:

    This is horrible animal cruelty & this have 2 stop Permanently & Indefinitely!

  10. Shirley Lemieux says:

    When you think about branding, you think about cruel and unnecessary. There are other methods to identify cattle whether it be some sort of ankle bracelet or ear tags. Branding is cruel, inhumane, and painful. Can you imagine if we branded Men with a hot iron? They would be crying to the World and to the Media about the torture they have to endure being branded. But it is acceptable for Men to do it to another living being? That is the problem with human nature. Inject and or inflict pain on others so long as it is not done to them. Total hypocrisy.

  11. It’s HIGH TIME to FINISH this TRADITION FROM PURE HELL……
    ESTABLISH new CRUELTY-FREE tradition instead!!!!!!
    SHAME on you, DEHUMANIZED PEOPLE!

  12. Anyone cruel enough to do this needs a ‘brand’ on their forehead and cheeks from their branding iron..

  13. Robin Abbott says:

    A disgusting antiquated practise that needs to be banned! One of the many cruel and sadistic practices we as humans inflict on other sentient beings we deem as nothing!

  14. Animal abusers internationally must have the death penalty performed on them!

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