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The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the only national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada.
We bring together those who work with and care for animals to promote respect and humane treatment toward all animals.
Since we were founded in 1957, we’ve earned our solid reputation and enviable credibility as the ‘go-to’ national voice on animal welfare issues for industry, media, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.
We work collaboratively and cooperatively with key stakeholders based on the premise that we can have a greater impact creating positive change by being a part of the process instead of being apart from it.
In October Canadians caught a rare glimpse of the reality of life on the modern day industrial farm for the approximately 20 million laying hens in Canada.
90% of laying hens in Canada live in traditional “battery cages”, they spend their entire lives in a cramped cage the approximate size of a magazine page, unable to open and spread their wings, easily preen their feathers or experience natural light. Their relatively short lives of 1 ½ -2 years are spent continually laying eggs – on average 320 eggs per year!
This is not the case in other countries. Under the European Council Directive traditional battery cages were phased out over 10 years and are now illegal (effective January 2012). In Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands all cages are banned.
The CFHS believes that food animals deserve our respect on the farm, in transport and in slaughter. Battery cages do not provide an environment in which the hens are free to express natural behaviours and it does not ensure safety from injury, distress or any form of suffering for the hens.
The CFHS advocates for better conditions for laying hens at the National Farm Animal Care Council as it reviews the existing Code of Practice for Poultry – layers. The Code of
Practice provides requirements and recommendations on the care and handling of farm animals. Dr. Ian Duncan, featured in the W5 segment, represents the CFHS in these negotiations.
Every Canadian who is thinking about their food must decide what is ethically and morally acceptable to them. For specific guidelines regarding which management and housing practices are deemed acceptable by the CFHS, please consult the SPCA Certified Standards.
Created in 1985, the CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award for Excellence in Animal Welfare recognizes indi…