In 2013 the CFHS will strive to enhance the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) to shut down Canadian puppy mills. The CFHS will create a ‘snapshot’ report on the Canadian puppy mill industry to help Canadians (public and politicians) better understand the scope and scale of this deplorable problem. The CFHS Puppy Mill Report will require research quantifying the number of puppy mills dogs that are being sold on-line, identifying where there are bans on the selling of dogs in pet stores, an overview of existing online restrictions and a collection of case studies on what is currently being done to combat puppy mills.
We will use the CFHS Puppy Mill Report to lobby politicians and advocate for the modernization of the current animal cruelty provisions of the CCC so that enforcement officers have the laws they need to convict puppy mill operators of cruelty and put them out of business for good. Additionally, this legislative work will also increase law enforcement’s ability to charge people with dog fighting-related activities.
As a founding member of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), the CFHS has been improving living conditions for Canada’s farm animals since the Council’s inception in 2005. As a leader in establishing science-based standards, the CFHS negotiates with animal industry leaders to update and strengthen the codes that define standards for the treatment of animals used for profit – known as Codes of Practice. 2012/2013 saw Code revision progress made for Beef Cattle, Equine, Pig, Mink and Fox.
Your funding has allowed the CFHS and its Code Representatives to continue to negotiate with industry groups to ensure that the highest levels of animal welfare and enrichment on Canadian farms are realized. As of April 2013 the public comment periods for the Mink, Fox and Beef Cattle codes are now complete. Negotiations are now underway to finalize these Codes, with publication anticipated for the summer/fall 2013. In the coming months the Pig code will come up for public comment. As well, your funding has allowed our Code representatives’ involvement with the initial Committee meetings for the new Broiler Chicken and Turkey code.
To put our involvement in the Codes process in context, over the 2012/2013 timeframe our Code Representatives represented the welfare of almost 30 million at-risk farm animals. This can be broken down into: beef (12.8 million animals), equine (965,000 animals--2010 estimate), pig (12.7 million animals) and mink/fox: (2.6 million animals--2010 estimate).
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to educate Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators on the current state of Canadian animal welfare, including companion animals and farm animals.
Through the distribution of our Political Animal publication to the Senate and House of Commons, we are further engaging MPs on animal welfare in Canada and opening discussions on what is happening in their local constituencies.
You can access a digital copy of Political Animal at: http://cfhs.ca/law/
Once key area that we will be focussing on this year is the potential to introduce legislation to put an end to puppy mills in Canada.
Our work to educate our lawmakers continues to gain momentum thanks to your support. Stay Tuned!