Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

The CFHS promotes the humane treatment of all animals and supports our members and other like-minded organizations that are committed to this goal.
Jan 9, 2015

Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty

Recognizing that we need lawyers who take the prosecution of puppy mill operators seriously, CFHS is launching a new and unique program called the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). NCPAC designs and delivers training to the legal community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution. NCPAC provides essential resources and crucial training to Crown prosecutors which supports them in effective prosecution of animal cruelty cases using the Criminal Code of Canada leading to more convictions and higher sentences.

The CFHS works hand-in-hand with our member experts, crown attorneys and veterinarians to ensure the most updated and innovative information is available and accessible to the legal community. NCPAC will bring together a community of crown prosecutors who will learn from each other and act as animal cruelty resource experts in their provinces. 

NCPAC will launch publicly in January 2015 and deliver the first set of four one-hour training modules in February. We see this as a vital part of our work to shut down puppy mills.

In addition, your donations continue to fund our 'Choose Adoption' ribbons and pins. Tying a 'choose adoption' ribbon on a dog’s leash or collar identifies them as an adopted animal and raises awareness about the value of giving a home to a shelter dog. A dog may end up in a shelter for many reasons including an unexpected move, allergies or issues with a landlord; most have nothing to do with the dog itself.  Learn about our Choose Adoption ribbon at  www.FindingFido.ca.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference!

Jan 9, 2015

Moving Forward in 2015

The CFHS advocacy team quickly united Canadian animal welfare groups and mobilized a response to a Private Member’s Bill that was announced in early spring. Bill C-592, tabled by NDP MP Isabelle Morin, shocked animal welfare groups across the country when it unexpectedly contained a potentially devastating amendment that would exempt pest control, rodeo events, traditional or sport hunting or fishing and livestock raising or slaughter in an agriculture context from the Criminal Code of Canada.

The CFHS, leading a loose coalition of animal welfare groups, met with Thomas Mulcair’s office, MP Isabelle Morin and the House Leader of the NDP to outline our concerns. We were successful in securing a commitment from the NDP leadership that they did not support exemptions and that they would not allow the bill to move to second reading.

Because of your support, CFHS is launching a new and unique program called the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). NCPAC designs and delivers training to the legal community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution. NCPAC provides essential resources and crucial training to Crown prosecutors which supports them in effective prosecution of animal cruelty cases using the Criminal Code of Canada leading to more convictions and higher sentences. 

NCPAC will launch publicly in January 2015 and deliver the first set of four one-hour training modules in February.

The advancements we are making in Animal Cruelty Legislation is possible because of the support we receive from you. Thank you!

Jan 9, 2015

Looking Back at 2014 and Moving Forward in 2015

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. 

Because of your donations, we made great strides in 2014 in representing the welfare of almost 600 million at risk farm animals. CFHS successfully negotiated for increased animal welfare standards for beef cattle, sheep and pigs. After an arduous and protracted series of negotiations the new pig code was released with 100 clear animal care requirements of which the most significant include the requirement of pain relief for tail docking and castration and a complete ban the construction of new barns that do not provide group housing effective as of July 1st 2014. CFHS also provided consultation to the agriculture committee on improving farm animal welfare as well as called up the Minister of Agriculture to release update transportation codes. As an important part of the long term impact, CFHS is proud to announce that the New Brunswick provincial animal protection legislation, as of December 2014, cites the Codes of Practice as the minimum industry standard.  

In 2015, we will be working hard on four new species codes of practice for Chickens, Turkey and Breeders, and, Poultry – Layers, Veal Calves and Bison. When negotiating a new code the CFHS advocates using the 5 freedoms as a guideline.  When looking at intensive farming practices in the various poultry sectors and the veal industry the CFHS is deeply concerned about confinement housing and painful practices. For example, ninety-five per cent of these birds live on conventional egg laying farms where they spend their entire lives in small, cramped cages, called battery cages while most calves in factory farms are kept in veal crates in barns. The crates are 2 feet wide and provide enough room for them to stand or lie down. They are sometimes chained or tethered at the neck to restrict their movement.

Therefore, with your support, CFHS has brought in the top animal welfare scientists to negotiate on our behalf and behalf of the animals to end these practices. 

This process does not happen overnight and, the final product requires an entire industry to accept in order for it to be effective. That's why your support is so important.  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.  Your support helps us stay at the table, for many years in some cases, to ensure the well-being of Canadian farm animals.

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