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The National Farm Animal Care Council leads the development of the Codes of Practice in Canada for the care and handling of farm animals. The Codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and are developed with a diverse group of stakeholders including researchers, veterinarians, national animal welfare organizations and farmers. Our mandatory Animal Care Program was developed to enforce the Code of Practice for chickens.

Development Process

The NFACC Code development process begins with a Scientific Committee that writes a report to summarize the current research on key welfare areas. The Code Development Committee then uses this report as a basis for writing the Code, taking into account various factors such as what is possible, when it is possible and how it is possible.

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handing of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens, and Turkeys was recently revised and Chicken Farmers of Canada was actively involved with members on the Committee. The new version was released in June 2016 and our Animal Care Program is currently under revision to align with this new Code. For more information on the Code process and to view a copy of the new Code, check out the NFACC website.

For more information on the Codes, check out the NFACC’s newest videos:
Key features of the Code Development Process
Raising the Bar: The Codes of Practice Development Process

For more about the Codes of Practice and Chicken Farmers of Canada, check out our blog post:

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