NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 3, Edition 3
New Codes work underway
Posted: March 12, 2015
Veal calves, bison and rabbits among the next wave
A new wave of activity is taking shape as Canada marches ahead with next priorities for updating national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals.
Out of the gate are new efforts for bison, veal calves and rabbits, all initiated by the respective national producer organizations for each species guided by the Code development process established by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).
Bison. "Since the last Code was published in 2001, the benefits of science and another 14 years of experience with these majestic animals will allow us to update the present Code to provide producers and other stakeholders with clear and transparent practices on accepted bison care and handling practices," says Mark Silzer, President of the Canadian Bison Association.
Veal calves. "The Canadian Veal Association (CVA) is looking forward to partnering with NFACC on the veal Code of Practice review process," says André Roy, CVA President and Code Committee Chair. "The review and update of the 1998 veal Code will involve stakeholders from a wide cross section of the industry and will be focused on ensuring up-to-date and practical approaches to the care and welfare of calves raised for the veal market."
Rabbits. "The development of this Code is an excellent opportunity for Canada's rabbit sector to come together and establish a national standard that ensures a good quality of life for rabbits raised in Canada," says Maxime Tessier, Québec producer and Chair of the Code Development Committee. "The NFACC Code process ensures this Code is relevant, current and developed with input from across our diverse sector."
Canada's Codes of Practice are guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as the country's national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended best practices. They are educational tools, reference materials for regulations and the foundation for farm animal care assessment programs.
Since 2009 seven Codes have been updated following NFACC's Code development process. "The NFACC Code development process is based on stakeholder commitment to ensure quality animal care standards are established and implemented," says Ryder Lee, Chair of NFACC.
Learn more at www.nfacc.ca.