SGC Admin: This is an important Draft for everyone, including the chickens and turkey’s that provide us with a food source…
It’s important that our Chickens and Turkey’s are treated with care and compassion, and that they have a “quality” lifespan and a humane demise… Now we have a chance to speak up and step forward … 🙂
- The finale poultry Code of Practice is expected to be released June 2016;
- The Public Comment period closes on Friday December 4 2015
- Who’s Involved: Canadian Federation of Humane Societies & The National Farm Animal Care Council of Canada
The new draft code includes such suggestions as:
- Improvement in the welfare of chickens & turkeys beginning with a shift in lighting regimens, providing a minimum of 4 hours of dark/rest time for the birds. (up from 0 to 1 hour). CFHS feels birds should be given up to seven hours per day.
- New requirements for immediate vet care for sick & injured birds
- Human Euthanasia.
CFHS would like to see included in the finale draft:
- Feeding of the birds every day to relieve their chronic hunger, but first the genetic selection that causes their massive appetite and rapid growth needs to shift.
- Agreed upon limits on lameness injury & mortality rates on Canadian bird farms are needed in order to increase the industry’s humane standards.
- Hot blade trimming of beaks and toes needs to be phased out in favour of infrared trimming, which is much less invasive & less painful.
- A decrease in the number of birds housed per square meter.
- Birds who are not suffering, yet are killed anyway should be called humane killing and not euthanasia.
Who can give their input: The General Public: Industry: Stakeholders: Breeders:
For more information or to make your comments.. please go to: www. nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/chickens-turkeys-and-breeders
source: Whitby This Week; Kristen’s Kritters firstname.lastname@example.org 905-215-0427