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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.
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.
The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs creates over 100 firm requirements for animal care on pig farms in Canada and directly addresses the inhumane practices of sow stalls and castration and tail docking without pain relief.
The CFHS negotiated significant advancements in animal welfare, chief among these was a move towards eliminating sow stalls and immediately ending the current practices of castrating piglets and removing their tails without any pain relief.
The new Code requires all new barns to provide group housing to sows as of July 1st, 2014 with a further ban on conventional stall systems that continuously restrict sow movement by 2024. Furthermore, farmers must immediately provide enrichment to enhance the pig’s physical and social environments which are often barren.
The Codes of Practice are used in provincial law enforcement when investigators are responding to complaints of cruelty and will now be mandatory in the Canadian Pork Council’s Animal Care Assessment program.
Our new program that will get more adoptable dogs into their forever homes and end puppy mills. Click the image below to learn more.
The 2014 CFHS Just For Cats Festival tour dates will be announced shortly. Bookmark this page and check back.
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