We are committed to the humane treatment of animals. In Canada, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is the national authority for setting farm animal care standards. NFACC develops Codes of Practice covering all species, including chicken, turkey, beef, dairy, goats, pigs, laying hens, rabbits, sheep, veal, farmed fish, and others. The Code of Practice for the transportation of all species is currently being updated, and new Federal regulations for animal transport were released in February 2019.
NFACC is a world leader in bringing together stakeholders with different perspectives – farmers, veterinarians, processors, transporters, animal welfare associations, researchers, and provincial/federal governments – to develop robust and sound Codes of Practice. All Codes of Practice are science-based and subject to a public comment period.
The NFACC Code of Practice for chickens is enforced by Chicken Farmers of Canada through the Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program. The Program covers all aspects of humanely raising chickens including feed and water access, environmental controls, bird monitoring and handling, stocking density, litter management, and health care practices.
This program is mandatory on all 2,800 broiler chicken farms across the country and is enforceable via penalties. Farmers are audited on the program annually, and the entire program is subject to an annual third-party audit by NSF International. The third-party audit covers not only implementation at the farm level, but also evaluates auditors for consistency and compliance, as well as auditing the management system at both provincial and national levels.