Darden Restaurants is one of the original members of the United States Round Table for Sustainable Beef, and many of its new policies follow the roundtable’s specifications on fair labour practices, proven environmental, health and safety practices, animal welfare and sustainability.  |  Getty Images

Restaurants focus on animal welfare

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More food corporations are raising the ante when it comes to improved animal welfare practices. Last April, Darden Restaurants, which serves more than a million meals a day, released an animal welfare policy that it believes is based on sustainability and ethical business management. “The way people treat animals today is […] Read more


In February, more than 300 head were seized from a farm near Stoughton. Later that same month, 131 animals were removed from a Lampman operation where 16 other animals were found dead. | File photo

Improper sale of seized cattle sparks procedural change

Some cattle seized under animal protection laws in Saskatchewan last winter were sold in error. According to Livestock Services of Saskatchewan, which conducts brand inspections, three owners will be compensated after their animals were sold along with those owned by the person from whom they were seized. President Jason Pollock said a complex ownership structure […] Read more


The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare assessed 150 companies in 23 countries and found in its seventh report that three quarters of those evaluated had shown improvement. The benchmark group is an independent body assessing farm animal welfare management and receives funding from Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.
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Food firms rated on animal welfare

Global food companies are improving their approach to animal welfare. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare assessed 150 companies in 23 countries and found in its seventh report that three quarters of those evaluated had shown improvement. The benchmark group is an independent body assessing farm animal welfare management and receives funding from Compassion […] Read more

Disappointment and frustration over Canada’s new livestock transportation regulations came out loud and clear at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting. | File photo

‘Destined to fail’

OTTAWA — Disappointment and frustration over Canada’s new livestock transportation regulations came out loud and clear at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting. “It has created a regulation that industry can’t even begin to meet. I think it is destined to fail,” said Reg Schellenberg, co-chair of the CCA animal health committee. The association met […] Read more


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing a video posted online of pigs in apparent distress while being transported. 
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CFIA inspectors investigate pig transportation video

The video of the pigs stopped in a truck at Kamloops was posted online by an animal rights advocacy group

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing a video posted online of pigs in apparent distress while being transported. The CFIA said in an email that it is investigating. Animal Justice, an animal rights advocacy group, posted the video of pigs in a truck stopped at Kamloops, B.C. It said the temperature was 32 C […] Read more

Cow-calf pairs need about 90 litres of water per day when it’s hot, so dugout or water source capacity has to be calculated accordingly.  |  Mickey Watkins photo

Heat stress requires extra animal care

Prevent heat stress by providing adequate water for outdoor dwellers and air movement for indoor dwellers

Dairy cattle and pigs breathe harder, beef cattle lie around and eat less, and all of them drink lots of water when temperatures rise above 25 C. Those physical responses aren’t surprising but the potential for heat stress in livestock should be monitored, according to veterinarians. Cooler nights are the saving grace for most western […] Read more

Fifteen sheep carcasses were found on the side of the road in Lamont County March 23. | Toni-Michelle Bentau photo

Sheep carcasses found in ditch

A north-central Alberta couple is calling for answers after they stumbled upon 15 sheep carcasses on a rural road near their community. Scott and Toni-Michelle Benteau found the sheep March 23 in Lamont County. Toni-Michelle said they were strewn across the side of Range Road 182 off Highway 16, about 65 kilometres east of Edmonton. […] Read more


Alberta veterinarians have taken issue with proposed provincial government legislative changes that they say were made without consultation and that they fear will negatively affect animal care and welfare. | File photo

Alta. veterinarians in uproar over legislative changes

Alberta veterinarians have taken issue with proposed provincial government legislative changes that they say were made without consultation and that they fear will negatively affect animal care and welfare. The changes include the option for veterinary practices to advertise their fees, a requirement that they disclose all fees before treating pets and that they acquire […] Read more

Guarding the guardians

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? It was interesting to note a recent website launch designed to keep watch on the Humane Society of the United States, a group whose stated purpose is to “seek a humane and sustainable world for all animals.” Its Canadian affiliate is Humane Society International. What […] Read more