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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 CFHS is the only national animal welfare organization who directly negotiates with farmers and other stakeholder to improve on-farm conditions for animals through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). Today (April 29th 2013) we applaud the decisions by Loblaw Company who announced they would be phasing out the use of gestations stalls by 2022 and the Retail Council of Canada who committed to sourcing fresh pork products from sows raised in alternative housing practices as defined in the updated Codes of Practice by the end of 2022. The retail Council of Canada represents Co-op Atlantic, Canada Safeway, Costco Wholesale Canada, Federated Co-operatives Limited , Loblaw Companies Limited, Metro Inc., Sobeys Inc. and Walmart Canada CorpRCC. Read the full press release
Our Choose Adoption stamps are almost sold out! That’s almost 5 million stamps sold since their launch in April. The CFHS is selling these stamps as a fundraiser to help us continue our work on behalf of companion animals. To order your stamps from the CFHS Click here.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the work that went into the making of the CFHS Choose Adoption stamps. Click here.
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