The CFHS has always had a very strong and positivie relationship with the Federal government; from our very beginnings Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Senators and MPs have played active roles in our activities.
This strong relationship was evident as the CFHS hosted 80+ MPs and Senators recently at a reception on Parliament Hill. Hosted by Mr. Bruce Stanton, Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees as a Whole and Mr. Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the CFHS and its members promoted the role that humane societies and SPCAs play at the local level and the role that the CFHS fills at the National.
Out of that reception there came a new-found enthusiasm within Canada's political parties on issues surrounding animal welfare and protection in Canada. When the next opportunity to influence the Criminal Code of Canada arises, the CFHS will be the first animal welfare group to be contacted for its input.
Because of your donations we have been able to realize 5+ million program impressions in the past year! If only 5% of those people think about the Canadian puppy mill and how they can change their attitudes and behaviours, then you have possibly steered 250,000 people away from getting their next dog from a disreputable source!
Stay tuned...in the next month we will announce a new Top Dog sponsor for our Finding Fido program; one that will allow us to reach out even further and to a whole new group of Canadians.
In addition we continue to meet with Parliamentarians and Senators to educate them on the current state of Canadian animal welfare and the important role that humane societies, SPCAs and rescues play in their communities. Building and maintaining these relationships is a long process, but rest assured puppy mills are an issue that most everyone in politics has heard about.
New national Codes of Practice for the welfare of horses, pigs, cattle and sheep are now entering the final stages of negotiation and public comment periods will be held in fall of 2012 and early 2013, providing an opportunity to the public to express their expectations for Canada to meet higher standards.
The process of developing an implementing Codes of Practice is a long and complicated one. It's important to note that once these codes are finished being revised, it will be at least five years before they’re revisited. We need to pour significant resources into our work to improve them right now. Every dollar contributed TODAY by caring Canadians like you puts us in a better position to secure a humane life for farm animals.
If you are interested in being involved in the process of submitting concerns/expectations, please let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convened by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), the Codes set out minimum requirements for treatment of all farm animals in Canada and serve as reference documents for animal cruelty law. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies serves as the voice of the Canadian humane movement at the table.