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Animals on the Farm

Gestation Stall and Battery Cage Phase outs!

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.

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The 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.

The 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), the CFHS advocates for continual improvements to the standards for farm animal care that are included in Canada’s voluntary codes of practice.

The 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.

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  • CFHS Statement on CBC Marketplace Expose

    On Friday night Canadians caught another glimpse of the reality of life behind the doors on the modern day industrial farm this time for turkeys in Canada. The CFHS was deeply shocked and disturbed to view the graphic images that undercover investigators were able to capture. An investigated is currently being conducted by the OSPCA.

    The CFHS advocates for only those farming practices that provide good welfare for the animals raised. The CFHS demands industry meet the 5 Freedoms by employing management practices and housing systems that meet both the physiological and psychological needs of the animals. The CFHS calls upon government to require third party on farm assessment of animal welfare practices regardless of species.

    Every Canadian who is thinking about their food must decide what is ethically and morally acceptable to them. The CFHS believes that food animals deserve our respect on the farm, in transport and in slaughter.

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  • Just for Cats

    The 2014 CFHS Just For Cats Festival will launch at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on April 17th – hosted by Laureen Harper! To buy tickets and to see more tour dates/venues across Canada visit

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    Image: Walker Art Center

  • Choose Adoption Ribbons

    Our new program that will get more adoptable dogs into their forever homes and end puppy mills. Click the image below to learn more.

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