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Since the 1960s, the CFHS has taken a lead role in improving the welfare of animals used in research in Canada. This section provides information on some of the key issues in this area, and the CFHS’ ongoing activities.
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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Although the law requires that animals be used for medical testing in Canada, animals are not requir…