Friday, October 16, 2015

Poultry welfare code open for comment

Now it’s the turn for poultry farmers to comment on a proposed code of practice for bird welfare.

Hog producers got their new code earlier this year.

The Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, Turkey Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are inviting comments before the Dec. 4 deadline.

The draft will then return to the 15-member Code Development Committee which will come up with the final version is released, likely next June.

Both the draft code and scientific advice are posted online. They can be found at .

“The Code process provides an important opportunity for advancing farm animal welfare policy in Canada,” said poultry welfare expert Dr. Ian Duncan, representing the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies on the Code Committee.

“We hope to receive broad input from the general public, industry and other stakeholders to ensure this code improves animal welfare and reflects the values of Canadians.”