Humane Treatment of Farmed Animals

by Humane Canada
Humane Treatment of Farmed Animals

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.  

The current Pig Code has gone through public consultation and is in the final stages of ratification. The Beef Code is now available at: http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle.  The Sheep Code is available at: http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/sheep

As well, your funding has allowed our Code representatives’ involvement with the initial Committee meetings for the new Broiler Chicken and Turkey code.

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).

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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. 

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.  

The current Pig Code has gone through public consultation and is in the final stages of ratification. The Beef Code is now available at: http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle

As well, your funding has allowed our Code representatives’ involvement with the initial Committee meetings for the new Broiler Chicken and Turkey code.

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).

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The public comment period for the draft Pig Code recently ended.  This public comment mechanism is an important part of the process, allowing for private citizens the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed standards of care for Canadian pigs.

Later this year our Code representatives will begin the process of developing standards of care for poultry (meat chicken and turkey) as well as for laying hens.

For more information on the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) process of negotiating and setting codes of practice, visit: www.nfacc.ca

Your support allows us to stay at the table ensuring the welfare of our farm animals.

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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.  2012/2013 saw Code revision progress made for Beef Cattle, Equine, Pig, Mink and Fox.

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 of April 2013 the public comment periods for the Mink, Fox and Beef Cattle codes are now complete.  Negotiations are now underway to finalize these Codes, with publication anticipated for the summer/fall 2013.   In the coming months the Pig code will come up for public comment.  As well, your funding has allowed our Code representatives’ involvement with the initial Committee meetings for the new Broiler Chicken and Turkey code.

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).

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The draft Codes of Practice for Beef Cattle and Horses (Equine) are now open for public consultation. This is your opportunity to have a direct impact on the welfare of these animals.

 

The Beef Code is open until March 8th 2013.

Click here to comment.

Click here to read the draft Beef Code.

 

The Equine Code of practice is open until February 14th 2013.

Click here to comment.

Click here to read the draft Equine Code.

 

UPDATE ON PIG CODE OF PRACTICE - This code should be open for public comment on June 1st 2013. To learn more about pig farming in Canada watch the W5 undercover investigation "Food for Thought".  

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