What is the Issue?
Public concern for animal welfare is shared by farmers, many of whom work closely with animals on their farms every single day.
Why Does It Matter?
Normal farming practices are sometimes misunderstood by people unfamiliar with agriculture. It’s important that legislation around animal care be informed by experts in farm animal health and husbandry, as well as agriculture and agri-food systems.
What Does CFFO Want?
Animal welfare legislation that protects animals – Ontario’s commodity organizations already uphold high standards of care that align with accepted codes of practice in similar jurisdictions. Animal welfare legislation that accounts for normal farming practices will lead to best outcomes for farm animal care.
Training for enforcement agents – Officers tasked with enforcing animal protection laws need to be informed about normal farming practices and general farming activities. For safety, training must include animal care procedures and biosecurity measures.
Letters & Submissions
- Ontario’s Strategy to Address the Threat of Invasive Wild Pigs
- Submission regarding Regulations under the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020
- Letter of Continued Support for Bill 156
- Letter of Support for Bill 156: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act
- Submission regarding Bill 136: An Act to Enact the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act, 2019
- Joint Recommendations for Ontario’s Future Farm Animal Protection Act
News & Commentaries
- Getting and Keeping Large Animal Veterinarians
- Windblown Litter – Unsightly and Unsafe
- Animal Welfare Services on the Farm
- Invasive Wild Pigs: Ontario’s Strategy
- Bill 156: It’s Only as Good as It Is Enforceable
- Safety First: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act
- The OSPCA Act Amendment: It’s a Money Matter
- Animal Activism and Farmer Safety
- The Need for Informed Large Animal Welfare Enforcement
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