The federal government has announced that it will invest in animal welfare and monitoring that welfare.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced nearly $3 million to three national organizations that will improve animal welfare and tracking across the country.
“The dedication of Canadian producers to the welfare of their farm animals is what makes our farming system world famous. By improving our standards and our care and monitoring practices, consumers can be assured that our food system meets the highest standards,” said Bibeau. .
With the funding they will receive through the AgriAssurance program, organizations will use new research to update industry standards for animal care and handling while evaluating technology to trace more effectively farm animals in the production system in the event of a disease outbreak. .
The three organizations will receive funding to fulfill various roles in Canada’s animal welfare plan:
- Animal Health Canada, located in Elora, Ontario, will receive up to $2.9 million to update national codes of practice for the livestock sector, including the code for the safe and humane transport of livestock . It has also developed and introduced a code of practice for the aquaculture sector covering farmed salmon, trout and Arctic char.
- The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, located in Calgary, Alberta, will receive up to $52,140 to evaluate the use of ultra-high frequency (UHF) scanners to read cattle identification tags in the part of Canada’s commitment to the international community to rapidly trace the movement of animals in the event of a disease outbreak. These tag readings are recorded in a database that can help determine the extent of a potential outbreak, thereby protecting animal and human health.
- The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, located in Ottawa, Ontario, will receive up to $35,750 to update its animal welfare program for hatcheries to meet the requirements of the Code of Practice of the National Farm Animal Care Council for the care and handling of hatching eggs, breeders, chickens and turkeys.