The Government of Canada invests in improving animal welfare

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OTTAWA (ON), August 8, 2022 /CNW/ – The humane care and handling of farmed animals, as well as the ability to track their movements, is an important part of building consumer confidence in their food. Canada. Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to nearly $3 million to three national organizations to improve animal welfare and monitoring in the country.

With funding from the AgriAssurance program, organizations will use new research to update industry standards for animal care and handling, and evaluate technology to more effectively trace farm animals around the production system in the event of a disease outbreak. The work will meet the highest standards of farm animal care. Recipients include:

  • Animal Health Canada, located at Elora, Ontariowill receive up to $2.9 million update national codes of practice for the livestock sector, including the code for the safe and humane transport of livestock. It has also developed and introduced a code of practice for the aquaculture sector covering farmed salmon, trout and Arctic char.
  • The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, located in Calgary, ABwill receive up to $52,140 evaluate the use of ultra high frequency (UHF) scanners to read cattle identification tags as part of from Canada commitment to the international community to rapidly trace animal movements in the event of a disease outbreak. Tag reads are recorded in a database that allows government and industry to quickly contain the extent of a potential outbreak, thereby protecting animal and human health.
  • The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, located in Ottawa, Ontariowill receive up to $35,750 update its animal welfare program for hatcheries to meet the requirements of the National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the care and handling of hatching eggs, breeders, chickens and turkeys.

Consumer confidence in Canadian livestock and meat products is based on from Canada strong food safety system. The government of Canada is committed to providing producers with the tools and resources they need to implement the best farming practices to improve animal welfare and provide Canada and the world with safe, quality food.

Quotation

“The dedication of Canadian producers to the welfare of their farm animals is what makes our farming system world famous. By improving our care and monitoring standards and practices, consumers can be assured that our food system meets the highest standards.
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“We are pleased to continue to work collaboratively with industry, government, veterinarians and animal welfare professionals to continue to develop the Codes of Practice through the National Council for the Care of Animals. Livestock, a division of Animal Health Canada. a cornerstone of how codes are created and updated and we are excited to bring this project into its final year of funding. »
-Dr. Melanie BarhamDirector General of Animal Health Canada

“One of our mandates at the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is to keep pace with new technologies that have the potential to advance livestock traceability, such as ultra high frequency (UHF) technology. . We started with a review of its current application. in livestock and are now enhancing our database to accommodate producers who are already using the technology. The CCIA is grateful to have received funding to support both initiatives.
– Anne Brunet-Burgess, Executive Director, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency

“This significant financial contribution enabled CPEPC to convene a group representing poultry producers, breeders, hatcheries, veterinarians, academics, retailers and representatives of animal welfare associations. Together, this group has reviewed the animal care program of Canadian hatcheries, ensuring it complies with the Code of Practice and fostering compliance through from Canada hatchery area.”
– Jean-Michel Laurin, President and CEO, Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Code of Practice is a national guideline developed by the National Farm Animal Council for the care and handling of farm animals. It includes requirements and recommendations on water and nutrition, environmental management, housing, and handling and transportation. The code is based on input from farmers, processors, researchers, government, veterinarians, food service and retail representatives, and animal welfare organizations.
  • The AgriAssurance program is a $74 million federal initiative to build public trust by helping industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools that enable them to make credible, meaningful and verifiable claims about the quality of Canadian agriculture and agri-food products and how they are produced.

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For further information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, [email protected], 343-541-9229; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]

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