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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 animal deaths at Calgary Stampede

    On July 12th 2014 a steer was euthanized after being severely injured at the Calgary Stampede – just days after a horse died following a chuckwagon race training session on July 8th 2014.

    This is an eerily similar repeat to the animal deaths that happened at the Stampede in 2013.

    The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) opposes rodeo events which cause pain, suffering or injury and death to animals. The CFHS is also opposed to any event that involves the wrestling or fighting of animals.

    There is no place in a humane Canada for spectator events which involve the pain and suffering of animals. Sadly the death of an animal at the Calgary Stampede in the name of entertain is becoming an annual tradition.

    Since 1986 at least 60 animals have died or been injured at the Calgary Stampede, half of which have been related to the contentious chuckwagon races.

    Ironically, chuckwagon racing is not an event that is recognized by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

    The sole purpose of the chuckwagon races appears to be excitement, show and entertainment at the expense of the life of an animal.

    The chuckwagon race reflects a shift in tradition from protecting the welfare of horses to profiting from their stress and suffering.

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    CFHS Position Statement of Rodeos

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