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·         Animal rights advocates launch petition to halt Maple Leaf Foods plant

·         Maple Leaf Foods to build $660M facility, employ 1,450 in London



Animal rights advocates launch petition to halt Maple Leaf Foods plant


Adrienne South, CTV London (Canada)

November 28, 2018


Just days after Maple Leaf Foods announced a massive new chicken processing plant in London, Ont., area animal rights advocates have launched a petition hoping to stop it.


Animal rights activist Abby McCuaig says, “When the news kind of hit the community, obviously like the vegan and activist community was very upset and kind of shocked and dismayed by the news that so many individuals were going to be killed.”


McCuaig and members of 'London Chicken Save" have posted an online petition against the facility.


Advocate Matt Schwab says, “It's really not a positive thing to open a facility that promotes more violence in our communities and perpetuates further discrimination against non-human animals."


But Maple Leaf Foods President Michael McCain said at the announcement on Tuesday they are taking measures to ensure animal welfare.


"We're investing in advanced animal welfare technologies and processes including temperature-controlled housing and humane processing. We're also significantly reducing transportation time by locating here in London in direct proximity to the chicken farmers that are concentrated in this area. "


However, McCuaig says, "There is no humane way to kill someone who doesn't want to die.”


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Maple Leaf Foods to build $660M facility, employ 1,450 in London

The company is consolidating operations in London, shutting down three other Ontario plants


CBC News (Canada) 

Nov 26, 2018


Maple Leaf Foods has announced plans to build a $660-million fresh poultry facility that would employ 1,450 people in London, Ont.


On Monday, the Canadian packaged meats company said the new 640,000 square-foot facility would be built at a site along Wilton Grove Road, south of the 401, with construction beginning in 2019 and projected to be completed by 2021.


"Not only does it solidify our position as a significant food and beverage processing hub but it also invites other advanced manufacturing companies to check out the unique infrastructure, skill set and the resources available in the community," said Kapil Lakhotia, president of the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC).


The state-of-the-art facility is said to be one of the most technologically advanced processing plants in the world.


Maple Leaf plant closures hit region


As a result of the investment, production from three other Maple Leaf plants in St. Marys, Brampton and Toronto that employ about 1,600 people will be consolidated into the new facility.


"We deeply regret the impact that these eventual closures will have on our people and communities," said Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, in a statement Monday.


The company said it plans to provide affected employees with job opportunities at the new facility or other plants it operates.


The plants will close sometime between late 2021 and mid-late 2022.


Meanwhile, Lakhotia said he's "very sensitive to the impact this would have on the facilities that would be closed," noting London has historically felt the impact of massive plant closures including the Kellogg cereal plant back in 2014.


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