Did you know: Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care Program is effectively administered across all chicken farms – no other program can achieve this reach. Chicken Farmers of Canada administers this mandatory, third-party-audited Animal Care Program across all of its 2,800 chicken farms in Canada.
The program has credible, science-based foundations in that it is based on the Code of Practice developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). NFACC is a world leader in bringing together stakeholders with different perspectives – farmers, veterinarians, processors, transporters, animal welfare associations, and provincial/federal governments – to develop robust and sound Codes of Practice.
NFACC’s Code Development process begins with a full scientific review which is used to draft the Code that then undergoes a public consultation process. In this way, all Canadians have an opportunity to contribute to the final Code. The NFACC process is a standard that is internationally recognized and applauded.
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- Over 90% of Canada’s chicken farms are family owned and operated.
- Canada’s farmers operate within a system in which they are paid for each bird that is processed. Not only is it common sense for farmers to take care of their birds, its good economic sense as well.
- There is a robust, third-party-audited, mandatory Animal Care Program that is administered across all Canadian chicken farms.
- In Canada, litter is removed after every single flock and replaced with fresh bedding prior to the placement of new chicks.
- The density of Canadian chicken production is lower or consistent with other countries.
- Chicken health is continually improving.
Farmers in Canada have a responsibility to the birds they raise, to the industry, to their fellow farmers, and to all consumers for upholding high principles of animal health and welfare on the farm.