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.
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