A new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens and Turkeys was released today, replacing a 2003 version published by the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council.
“The Code of Practice supports the sustainability of Canadian poultry industries and the success of farmers,” said Vernon Froese, poultry farmer and chair of the Code Development Committee. “Stakeholder commitment is the key to ensuring that quality animal care standards are established and implemented”
The release comes as a result of intense collaboration by a 15-person Code committee and a five-person Scientific Committee. The public and stakeholders were also welcome to contribute through a public comment period in the fall.
“The Code process provides an important opportunity for advancing farm animal welfare policy in Canada,” said Ian Duncan, representing the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies on the Code Committee. “A step forward has been taken with the completion of this Code.”
This the eighth Code of Practice to be updated through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code development process, with funding provided through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2.