NFACC Information Update: July 2015
NFACC is pleased to welcome World Animal Protection Canada as members of NFACC.
World Animal Protection is a global organization with 15 offices around the world. Our vision is a world where animals live free from suffering and we know that good animal welfare is a fundamental part of a better world. Working together to improve the lives of animals means contributing to community wellbeing, building sustainable agricultural systems and protecting the environment. By helping animals we can make sure people have enough healthy and humane food while supporting the livelihoods of farmers and producers.
“We are thrilled to be accepted as part of NFACC and we are looking forward to working with our fellow members. As an organization, we work with the people and organizations that have the most meaningful and direct impact on the lives of animals and NFACC is the most important and impactful forum for improving the lives of farm animals in Canada.” – Josey Kitson, Executive Director, Canada, World Animal Protection
NFACC WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER – ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH (CANADA)
NFACC is pleased to welcome Elanco Animal Health (Canada) as Associate Members.
As a world leader in food and companionship enriching lives, Elanco is dedicated to the welfare of the food and companion animals that enrich our lives. Their products contribute to a sustainable and food secure world, as well as protecting and improving the quality of life for our pets. Elanco has over half a century of innovative products, services, and global partnerships help to fulfill their vision of food and companionship enriching life. At Elanco, they are committed to working with all stakeholders, including veterinarians, producers, academics, governments, NGOs, and the public, to share knowledge and improve or sustain best practices in animal care.
AGRIMARKETING ASSURANCE, MARKET RELEVANT CODES AND COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP PROJECT* UPDATE
CODES OF PRACTICE
Bison – the Code Development Committee's second meeting is scheduled for September. The Scientific Committee is making good progress on the development of their report on priority welfare issues for bison. The list of priority welfare issues to be addressed within the report is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/bison.
Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders – the Code Development Committee met in May and June. Subcommittees continue to meet via teleconferences as they prepare the draft Code for its public comment period. A summary of Code committee meetings is available at www.nfacc.ca/poultry-progress-report. The public comment period is scheduled to begin in October 2015.
Poultry (layers) – the Code Development Committee met in June. The next meeting is planned for September. Numerous subcommittee teleconferences have been held. A summary from the June meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-layers. The public comment period is now scheduled for Spring 2016.
Rabbits – the Code Development Committee’s second meeting is scheduled for September. The Scientific Committee is making good progress on the development of their report on priority welfare issues for rabbits. The list of priority welfare issues to be addressed within the report is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/rabbits.
Veal Calves – the Code Development Committee had their second meeting in July. A summary of the meeting will be available shortly at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-veal-calves. The Scientific Committee is making good progress on the development of their report on priority welfare issues for veal calves. The list of priority welfare issues to be addressed within the report is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/veal-calves.
DAIRY CODE STRENGTHENS EXPECTATIONS OF CARE FOR B.C. COWS
The B.C. government has adopted a new regulation to improve protection of dairy cattle within the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA ACT). The new regulations will adopt the 2009 Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle into the PCA Act, outlining what is considered a ‘generally accepted practice’. Visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/dairy-code-strengthens-expectations-of-care-for-bc-cows for the full press release.
CANADIAN SHEEP FEDERATION TO INTEGRATE THE NATIONAL SHEEP BIOSECURITY STANDARD AND THE SHEEP CODE OF PRACTICE
In June the federal government announced support that will enable the Canadian Sheep Federation to integrate the National Sheep Biosecurity Standards and the sheep Code of Practice into the nationally recognized Food Safe Farm Practices (FSFP) Program. More information is available at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=987249.
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* A project made possible through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal –provincial –territorial initiative.