Poultry funding to help finish codes of practice

GUELPH, Ont. — The Canadian Animal Health Coalition has re-ceived more than $2.2 million in federal funding to update two animal care codes for poultry and develop new codes for three additional sectors in the future.

Executive director Mark Beaven said the funding is welcome.

“To develop the welfare codes of practice is no small feat,” he said.

“In fact, the National Farm Animal Care Council has developed a very unique process. It brings together all of the stakeholders and develops a science-based code that is practical and effective.”

Coalition chair Jennifer MacTavis said the work is important.

“The enthusiastic uptake by the industry to update and implement their Codes of Practice is a clear demonstration of importance that livestock producers place on the care and welfare of their animals,” she said.

“With this funding, we are able to finish codes that are currently in process, print and circulate completed codes and expand the number of livestock commodities that are developing and updating their codes.”

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