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CFHS was formed in 1957 out of concern for the welfare of animals being slaughtered for food. At that time there were no regulations addressing the slaughter of animals. The Federation took on the issue and was influential in the introduction of the federal Humane Slaughter of Food Animals Act in 1959. CFHS continues to play a crucial role in farm animal welfare in Canada. As a founding member of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), CFHS advocates for continual improvements to the standards for farm animal care that are included in Canada’s voluntary codes of practice. CFHS also campaigns for improvements to various regulations that cover the treatment of farm animals. For instance, our current campaign on livestock transportation seeks to end the unnecessary suffering of farm animals that are regularly transported for up to two days straight in overcrowded trucks with no food, water or ventilation.
Recently several fast food companies, retailers and producers have committed to phasing out the use of gestation stalls for pigs and battery cages for hens. This chart provides you with an overview of who is doing what, and what is happening in other countries.
Related Read the humane slaughter requirements in the federal Meat Inspection Regulations here. Read about the deplorable results of a 2003 audit of Canadian slaughter plants by Dr. Temple Grandin here. Download the CFHS & BC SPCA Report on Horse Slaughter Practices in Cana…