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Whether it be cats, dogs, fish, small animals or birds, companion animals play a huge role in our lives.
The CFHS has developed this section to provide you with a wealth of information on which animals make the best pets, and on how to care for them as responsibly as possible. In this section you will find everything from general pet information to issues facing companion animals in Canada. It will also give you some ideas on how you can become a champion for animal welfare.
Please read on below or using the menu items to the left for more information about pet ownership and key issues affecting companion animals in Canada.
In October Canadians caught a rare glimpse of the reality of life on the modern day industrial farm for the approximately 20 million laying hens in Canada.
90% of laying hens in Canada live in traditional “battery cages”, they spend their entire lives in a cramped cage the approximate size of a magazine page, unable to open and spread their wings, easily preen their feathers or experience natural light. Their relatively short lives of 1 ½ -2 years are spent continually laying eggs – on average 320 eggs per year!
This is not the case in other countries. Under the European Council Directive traditional battery cages were phased out over 10 years and are now illegal (effective January 2012). In Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands all cages are banned.
The CFHS believes that food animals deserve our respect on the farm, in transport and in slaughter. Battery cages do not provide an environment in which the hens are free to express natural behaviours and it does not ensure safety from injury, distress or any form of suffering for the hens.
The CFHS advocates for better conditions for laying hens at the National Farm Animal Care Council as it reviews the existing Code of Practice for Poultry – layers. The Code of
Practice provides requirements and recommendations on the care and handling of farm animals. Dr. Ian Duncan, featured in the W5 segment, represents the CFHS in these negotiations.
Every Canadian who is thinking about their food must decide what is ethically and morally acceptable to them. For specific guidelines regarding which management and housing practices are deemed acceptable by the CFHS, please consult the SPCA Certified Standards.
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