Humane Treatment of Farm Animals

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. 


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