The federal agriculture department will be giving up to $4.56 million to update codes of practice for farmed animals.
The money will go to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), on behalf of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the money comes from the AgriAssurance program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
The investment will go towards:
· Updating the transportation Codes of Practice;
· Updating the dairy Code of Practice that will address new scientific findings, changes in industry practices and address changes in market and consumer demands;
· Updating the goat Code of Practice that will respond to growing buyer and consumer expectations for on-farm animal welfare; and
· Developing a new Code of Practice for farmed finfish. Fish welfare is a new and emerging animal welfare concern, the agriculture department said.