British Columbians will have new clarity on how the Province is strengthening animal welfare, with the adoption of the National Farm Animal Care Council Codes of Practice. The codes are generally accepted management practices for owners of farm animals in B.C.
The codes of practice are for owners and employees, and include areas such as animal handling, feed and water, housing, health and welfare management, and husbandry practices. The codes of practice for farmers of meat livestock, poultry and fur animals is scheduled to become B.C. law on June 1, 2019. The Dairy Code of Practice has been a part of B.C. law since July 9, 2015.
The new codes cover beef, bison, hatching eggs, poultry breeders, chickens and turkeys, equines, farmed fox, farmed mink, pigs, pullets and laying hens, rabbits, sheep and veal cattle.
For more information on the NFACC Codes of Practice: http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice