As the only national animal welfare organization represented on the National Farm Animal Care Council, the CFHS is tasked with the responsibility of advocating for the welfare of over 700 million farm animals across Canada.
One of the key farm animal codes currently being negotiated is the pork code. This code will determine a farmer’s responsibility to the welfare of his/her animals, including the amount of enrichment time that is needed and laying out a timeline to phase out the use of gestation stalls.
As we are influencing the process from one end, it is great to see retailers and major food services companies pushing for animal welfare reform from the other end. Recently, McDonalds and the Compass Group have made public their plans to only purchase humanely raised pork products.
More information on the Compass Group decision can be found here: http://www.mfablog.org/2012/03/worlds-largest-foodservice-company-announces-plan-to-cut-gestation-crates.html
More information on McDonalds can be found here: http://www.mfablog.org/2012/02/mcdonalds-announces-plans-to-phase-out-cruel-gestation-crates.html
Fast food giant McDonalds USA has announced that it will soon only purchase pork from farms that don't use cruel gestation stalls. Dan Gorsky, McDonalds Senior Vice President for North America stated "there are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows."
When housed in gestation stalls pigs are unable to turn around. This type of housing is already being phased out in many countries around the world, however, it is still permitted in Canada. The CFHS is working to address gestation stalls by negotiating more animal welfare friendly practices in the new Canadian Codes of Practice for pigs.
After just 7 months, we've reached over 3 million Canadians with anti-puppy mill education material. If only 5% of those people changed their attitudes and behaviours because of our messaging, then we will have diverted up to 150,000 people away from purchasing dogs from disreputable sources.
Over the coming spring/summer months Finding Fido will being going on tour with its 'Top Dog' sponsor, Fido. The FidoCARES tour wil see stops at: The All About Pets Show (Mississauga), ByWard Market (Ottawa), Woofstock (Toronto), Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival (Mississauga), Barkham (Markham, ON) and Canada Day Celebrations (Ottawa). Stay tuned for additional cross-country Tour locations.
If haven't already signed our "End Puppy Mills Pledge", do so at: THE PLEDGE