New Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Fox and Mink Released

June 11th, 2013 | Uncategorized

New Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Fox and Mink Released

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Canada Fox Breeders Association (CFBA) are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Fox. The Code is available electronically at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/farmed-fox.

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Canada Mink Breeders Association (CMBA)are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Mink. The Code is available electronically at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/mink

The Code Development and Scientific committees have worked hard for the past two and half years to revise the farmed fox and mink Codes. The predecessors to these codes was released in 1989. The Code Development Committees were comprised of producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. The Scientific Committees included research and veterinary expertise in the welfare of farmed fur-bearing animals.

James Bandow, Executive Director represented CAHT, and Donald Mitton, CAHT Project Director represented the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, as welfare representatives on both Code Development Committees.

Funding for the two representatives participation was made possible through your generous donations.

The fox Code is the first, and mink Code second of eight farm animal Codes of Practice currently under revision to be completed through the NFACC Code development process. More information on the Code development process is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice.

Canada’s Codes of Practice are a powerful tool for meeting rising consumer, marketplace and societal expectations relative to farm animal welfare. Codes support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page. They are our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices, providing a foundation for animal care assessment programs and in some provinces, regulatory activities.

Funding for the Codes of  Practice is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, under the Addressing Domestic and International Market Expectations Relative to Farm Animal Welfare initiative, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.