As the only national animal welfare organization represented on the National Farm Animal Care Council, the CFHS is tasked with the responsibility of advocating for the welfare of over 700 million farm animals across Canada.
One of the key farm animal codes currently being negotiated is the pork code. This code will determine a farmer’s responsibility to the welfare of his/her animals, including the amount of enrichment time that is needed and laying out a timeline to phase out the use of gestation stalls.
As we are influencing the process from one end, it is great to see retailers and major food services companies pushing for animal welfare reform from the other end. Recently, McDonalds and the Compass Group have made public their plans to only purchase humanely raised pork products.
More information on the Compass Group decision can be found here: http://www.mfablog.org/2012/03/worlds-largest-foodservice-company-announces-plan-to-cut-gestation-crates.html
More information on McDonalds can be found here: http://www.mfablog.org/2012/02/mcdonalds-announces-plans-to-phase-out-cruel-gestation-crates.html
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