Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 31, 2014 12:55 ET

Harper Government Supports Improving Animal Care Practices

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of over $2 million to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to develop and update poultry codes and further advance best practices for the care and handling of other farm animals. The announcement took place at the Poultry Industry Council's head office.

Building on previous work done with the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), the CAHC will update existing animal care codes for the poultry sector and develop three new codes of practice for additional sectors. Guidance materials will be developed to ensure that farmers have access to the latest, most up-to-date codes and assessment programs, assuring customers that the product they choose has been raised to the strictest standards of animal welfare.

Quick Facts

  • The CAHC is a not-for-profit organization serving Canada's farmed animal industry. CAHC is a partnership of organizations that recognize the shared responsibility for an effective Canadian animal health system.
  • In 2012, Canada produced poultry products worth $3.8 billion.
  • This investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Quotes

"Our government is proud to support the poultry industry in achieving the highest possible standards for animal health. Consumers have increasingly high expectations for animal welfare and this investment will help the industry enhance its competitiveness both at home and abroad through promotion of assurance systems that will benefit the entire value chain."

- Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux

"The CAHC appreciates the federal government's continued commitment to the development of animal care codes and animal care assessment under the inclusive, science based NFACC process."

- Jennifer McTavish, Chair of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Canadian Animal Health Coalition

National Farm Animal Care Council

Contact Information

  • Emily Hogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
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