Helping chickens moves into high gear
The next phase of our Help the Chickens campaign is set to kick off this month: it’s CCFA’s annual fall fundraising drive. We’re continuing to raise awareness of the plight of farmed chickens, and we’re planning to fund a second TV campaign featuring our new 30-second TV commercial about chickens. It just finished running for five weeks on the CBC and CTV national news networks.
We’ve received very positive feedback on the campaign from many of our supporters — thanks to all of you who have responded and have taken action to help chickens.
If you're on our subscriber/member/supporter list, you'll receive our fundraising letter very soon — and of course, you can donate any time online by clicking the DONATE button in this newsletter.
Help chickens and turkeys: comment on the poultry code!
The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) has released the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens and Turkeys. The code is open for public comment until December 4, 2015.
It is one of 15 NFACC codes of practice that govern farm animal welfare in Canada. The codes are important because they have resulted in changes such as the abolition of long-term sow-stall confinement, which will be phased out in Canada by 2024.
The codes are not mandatory — they’re voluntary — but they’re the closest thing Canada has to legislation protecting farm animals.
Five of the codes are currently being updated. Some haven’t changed in 10 years or more. Updating them provides an important opportunity not only to improve standards for farm animals, but also to provide feedback to the farm industry.
We’ll be sending you an Action Alert in the next couple of weeks with more details on the updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens and Turkeys.
You can read the code in full on the NFACC website
You can also read the scientific report accompanying the code
— it contains findings from animal scientists on key welfare issues affecting farmed chickens and turkeys.
Click here to comment on the code
Chick maceration outlawed in Germany
Billions of male baby chicks around the world may eventually be spared the cruelty of being ground up alive or suffocated in plastic bags if other countries follow Germany’s lead. Germany has now outlawed these practices, and is adopting technology that enables farmers to identify the sex of chickens while still in the shell.
Maceration and suffocation of male chicks is common in both caged and free-range egg farming. This is because males are useless to the egg industry: they can neither lay eggs, nor be raised for meat (egg-laying hens and meat or ‘broiler’ chickens are different breeds).
Germany is the first country to take this step. By identifying the birds’ gender before hatching, hatcheries can destroy chick embryos inside the eggs instead of killing live chicks.
Of course, the fact remains that even unhatched chicks are sentient. Research shows that in natural settings, they communicate with the mother hen, and it’s she who encourages them out of their shells. Hatcheries even play recorded sounds of a mother hen to promote hatching.
All of which suggests that while detecting the chicks’ gender inside the shell addresses part of the problem, it’s not a real solution.
To learn more about the processes in egg production, visit Helpthehickens.ca
CCFA applauds Anita Krajnc's compassion and defiance
Toronto Pig Save founder Anita Krajnc is facing a charge of mischief after a truck driver complained she was interfering by giving water to thirsty pigs in trucks on their way to slaughter.
Krajnc was charged in October and appeared in court Wed. Nov. 4th. She faces a preliminary hearing later this month. The confrontation with the driver happened in June outside Fearman's slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario.
Krajnc has vowed to continue to give water to pigs
, saying: "I think it's an outrageous charge and goes against my deepest philosophical beliefs in terms of what all our obligations are, and to me the most important thing in life is to be of service to others and to someone or some animal that is suffering."
Thank you, Anita — you rock.
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