Are you ready to take on the New Year?
When you look back at this time last year, did you think that you would be rescuing bears, protecting lions, freeing farm animals from cages, and caring for vulnerable anteaters?
Friend, your voice moved governments and companies to make positive changes and you were a lifeline for animals in desperate need. 2021 was a huge year for animals, thanks to you!
Watch our video celebrating the many ways you helped animals last year:
Your reach is truly global and your achievements are shaping a better future for animals. Are you ready to take on the New Year? It's going to be another huge one!
There are approximately 1.4 million dairy cows in Canada and most of them are housed in close confinement with no access to outdoors. This is unacceptable and we must demand better standards of treatment for these cows and all farm animals.
Canada’s Code of Practice for the care and handling of dairy cattle is up for review and we are going through the official process to submit recommendations to improve the codes.
Strengthening weak federal regulations for farm animal welfare
Canada has no regulations to protect farm animals outside of federal and provincial animal cruelty laws and these are only used to prosecute livestock farmers in cases of shocking abuse, such as when animals are neglected to the point of starvation or farm workers are caught abusing animals.
Instead, the government defers this responsibility to the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) which develops Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals. Requirements in the Codes “may be enforceable under federal and provincial regulation” but only in provinces where the codes are cited in animal cruelty laws. Moreover, in many cases, the code requirements could be stronger to promote animal wellbeing.
We must fix this broken system and create better protections for farm animals. As we work to shape a better system, we must also keep working to improve the system we currently have.
You can join us!
Hundreds of you have already joined us in submitting an official comment to NFACC and the and code development committee. Thank you! More voices will show NFACC members. like producers and retailers, that Canadians want strong regulations to protect farm animals in Canada.
If you haven't already, please join us in submitting a comment to NFACC and the code development committee.