The CFHS is currently working with Canadian politicians to move a comprehensive dog protection bill that protects working dogs (police, military, etc...), while advocating for more effective legislation to shut down puppy mills (and keep them closed) and make all aspects of dog fighting illegal.
In order to advance our work we are launching our next strategic initiative this fall – a comprehensive research report demonstrating the scope and scale of the puppy mill problem in Canada. This report will be the first of its kind exposing these mills that operate behind glossy websites, innocent-looking Kijiji posts, and pet store sales. We will demonstrate the abuse that happens when puppies are a profitable product and animals aren’t protected by the law. Our legislators won’t be able to ignore the reality of puppy mill abuse. This report will be an invaluable tool in helping us push for change to animal welfare laws.
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.
Working with progressive members such as the BC SPCA and the Montreal SPCA, the CFHS is developing a training course for Crown Prosecutors. The objective of this training is to enhance Prosecutors' abilities to effectively prosecute and convict crimes of animal abuse. We are able to develop this training, in part, to your support through GlobalGiving.
The CFHS continues to consult with Justice and other departments on ways to enhance Canada's provisions around animal protection.
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/
Our work to educate our lawmakers and Crown Prosecutors continues to gain momentum thanks to your support.
Because of your donations, the CFHS has successully negotiated with the Canadian pork industry to develop, accept and implement more humane standards of care for Canadian pigs.
Your support helps us stay at the table, for many years in some cases, to ensure the well-being of Canadian farm animals.
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.
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.
As well, your funding has allowed our Code representatives’ involvement with the initial Committee meetings for the new Broiler Chicken and Turkey code. As well, there is growing interest from industry to include Veal in the next set of Codes.
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).