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.
Dec 22, 2011

Farm Animal Codes--Update December 2011

The group of industry codes currently being revised by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) include:

  • Pigs:  scientific reports on industry best practices and research have been submitted to the code committee for review and negotiation.
  • Beef: scientific reports on industry best practices and research have been submitted to the code committee for review and negotiation.
  • Horses:  scientific reports on industry best practices and research have been submitted to the code committee for review and negotiation.  In addition the horse owner community is being surveyed to determine their top concerns with respect to humane practices specific to horse care.
  • Mink and Fox:  scientific reports on industry best practices and research have been submitted to the code committee for review and negotiation.
  • Sheep:  this specific code was started later than the others and is approximately 25% completed.

In addition to the current group of codes, the poultry industry has approached the NFACC to start the code process for meat poultry (broilers and turkey), laying hens and egg producers.  This group of codes should start in 2012/2013.

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Sep 30, 2011

Farm animal welfare in Canada--update

To address the deplorable standards of animal care in some sectors of the Canadian agricultural industry, the CFHS was an instrumental partner in the creation of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) in 2005.  The NFACC is a collaborative partnership of diverse stakeholders that is mandated to develop industry-monitored and provincially-enforced Codes of Practice (standards of care) for Canadian farm animals.  It is the national lead for farm animal care issues in Canada.

More than 600 million farm animals are raised and killed in Canada every year for food, and many routinely suffer from stressful and painful experiences like tail amputations, castration, de-horning, branding (typically, all without anaesthetic); confinement to restrictive living spaces; and deplorable transportation practices…all in the name of profit and cheap food.

Most recently the NFACC developed and implemented a revised code for dairy cattle which sets some of the highest standards in the world for the treatment of dairy cows.  For just one example, the code now forbids dairy farmers from amputating the tails of their cows — once a common industry practice.

Currently being revised, and slated for completion by the end of 2013, are codes covering the following meat animals: beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and sheep.  The following non-meat animal codes are also being revised: horses, farmed mink and ranched fox. 

Sep 30, 2011

Finding Fido -- Stopping Puppy Mills!

In just three short months our Finding Fido program, one generously supported by donors like you, has educated tens of thousands of Canadians about the blight of puppy mills and has prevented impulse buying of dogs and puppies (many of which would have ended up being dumped at already overcrowded shelters).

Our social media presence has been gaining momentum.  However, since the success of this program depends on a critical mass of Canadians learning about puppy mills and making the decision to get their next dog through a humane society, SPCA, shelter, rescue or reputable breeder, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP

If you haven't 'Liked' or "Friended' us on Facebook, please do and help us spread the word to as many people as possible.  Our continued success depends on this.  You can find us on FB at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finding-Fido/132093093540143

You can also see a great video produced by Fido, our 'Top Dog' Sponsor.  It was produced at Pawlooza where we kicked off the Finding Fido program.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoPN66lRnFs

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