January was a devastating month for Canada's farm animals. There have been eight massive barn fires since January 1, killing almost 53,000 animals. Sadly, some of the simplest protection strategies recommended by farm and fire experts across the country are still not standard practice on Canadian farms.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is looking forward to a Canada where pigs are raised free from sow stalls and painful practices and today we are one step closer. The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs which was released today created over 100 clear animal care requirements.
If Calgary Co-op member, and local food activist, Clint Robertson's motion is successful on Wednesday at their AGM, Calgary Co-op will make history by being the first major food retailer in Canada to begin phasing out the intensive confinement of farm animals, specifically caged pork and battery caged hens for eggs.