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Animal Care Assessment Framework
Implementing Codes of Practice: Canada’s Framework for Developing Animal Care Assessment Programs
The Codes of Practice are vital, but alone are not enough – a mechanism is needed to demonstrate that Codes are being followed in order to build confidence throughout the value chain.
The Animal Care Assessment Framework provides a credible process to follow when developing an animal care assessment program.
The framework should also ensure that animal care assessment programs provide benefits to both farmers and the animals under their care.
“The value in this approach to retailers and foodservice
companies is that it
The committee provides guidance and support in revising and finalizing the framework. Committee members:
The Animal Care Assessment Framework is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
March 8, 2019 NFACC Codes incorporated into Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
Last week, BC’s NDP government announced that the NFACC Codes of Practice would updated and put into legislation, effective June 1st. Rather than prescribing a positive duty of care, the Codes will be used to describe generally accepted practices of animal management. The requirements as set out in the Codes will provide additional clarity around what is considered to be a generally accepted practice as referenced in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
However, this language falls well short of holding industry accountable. We need to raise the bar to protect all animals equally under both provincial and federal laws.
In 2017, after the Chilliwack Cattle Sales hidden video of dairy cows was revealed, the BC SPCA worked with the provincial government to have the Code of Practice for Dairy Cattle adopted into a new regulation so that the “generally accepted practices” outlined in the code became clearly entrenched in the law,” says Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention & Enforcement Officer.
“We had hoped to see the same support by the chicken industry.” It was declined. Clearly, this industry cares little or nothing about the lives of chickens, and would prefer to keep the gruesome reality of its business behind closed doors.
In 2005, NFACC replaced the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council in coordinating the development of guidelines for the care and handling of farmed animals, known as “codes of practice.” Agriculture & Agri-Foods Canada (AAFC) committed $314,827 to the new agency, an agency that is industry-controlled.
It should be noted that the veal calves fact sheet says that whether the animals are humanely raised is entirely dependent on the skills, training, & integrity of the producer.
Undercover video by MFA reveals severe abuse of dairy cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales; inherent wrongs exposed throughout industry; flagrant abuse at Quebec veal farm; mad cow disease AB; countries ban Cdn beef due to BSE
June 13, 2017 comment: The graphic undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals depicts multiple workers throwing, hitting, dismembering and killing chickens, and forcing the birds into violent sexual acts with each other. The law must seek proper justice (although no punishment will be fitting) for the tortured and voiceless victims of this most vile crime!!
We can all take action to help prevent such abuses within the industry, and as consumers, our power is tremendous if we simply keep animal products off our plates. If there’s no demand, there’s no supply. The video: Chicken Torture
National Farm Animal Care Report 2013 - Workshop on Canada's Animal Care Assessment Framework & Future Strategies