As the year moves ahead, all of the farm animal code groups have made great strides towards their final codes. New national Codes of Practice for the welfare of horses, pigs, cattle and sheep are now entering the final stages of negotiation. 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.
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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.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to educate Canadians on the blight of puppy mills hiding in out-buildings and barns; typically selling their animals through pet stores or online.
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As the Gov't is preparing to sit again, we are busy preparing our next issue of Political Animal, our flagship advocacy and education publication for our Parliamentarians and Senators.
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 continues to gain momentum thanks to your support.