News in a Flash

May - June 2016

Preventing barn fires 

Since January 2015, barn fires have killed more than 150,000 farm animals in Canada. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of these fires unless they involve either companion animals or million-dollar race horses.
To address this critical need for awareness and education, CCFA has launched a new website: Our goal is to:

  • Let the general public know about the frequency of barn fires and the need for prevention
  • Provide sensible, cost-effective measures that farmers can take to reduce the chance of a fire

We’re now reaching out to key contacts in provincial and federal government to inform them of the new site and to ask them to disseminate the information to farmers. Response so far has been very positive, with commitments of support from the Manitoba and Ontario agriculture ministries to date. We have also been promoting the site on other farming websites.
Please have a look at the site, and if you have comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you:


A barn fire with a better ending   

It’s not often that barn fires end on a positive note, but one did recently at a farm near Stratford, Ontario.  Thanks to the quick response of volunteer firefighters, 3,000 young pigs were saved from the blaze, though about 300 suffered smoke inhalation.
A shout-out to the Perth East Fire Department — way to go! 
Read more about the fire here.



Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Wal-Mart are among the Canadian grocery retailers that have committed to purchasing cage-free eggs by the end of 2025.

This important announcement from the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) comes following years of advocacy and collaboration on the part of CCFA and other animal-welfare organizations. CCFA is Loblaw shareholder, for example, and has attended meetings and advocated cage-free policies in grocery retail for over a decade. 

The announcement is another big step in the right direction for farm animals. Read the whole announcement here.

To learn more about farmed chickens and how to help them, visit



Speaking up for animals in transit  

TRACS, The Responsible Animal Care Society

For many people, trucks full of pigs or chickens are the closest they get to farm animals — and many don’t like what they see. Open trucks at highway speeds on bitter winter days. Overcrowded trucks in stop-and-go traffic in blistering summer heat.
In a recent CTV story on transport, CCFA was one of several animal-welfare organizations weighing in on the issue — specifically, the need for better, more humane regulations.
Watch the video here.


'Caged': a different take on cage-free  

TRACS, The Responsible Animal Care Society

An animation student at Concordia University has created a video raising awareness of the cruelty of battery cages. Val Kob initially approached CCFA with the idea for the video, explaining, “As a final project for my first year, I have to create a simple one-minute animation. I chose to create a story surrounding the subject of battery cage hens. In doing so, I’d like to raise awareness about them to anyone who watches the short film.”
The video effectively captures the misery of caged hens. It ends with CCFA’s Help The Chickens website as a way for people to take action.
Way to go Val — thank you! Watch Val's video here.



A little help for a little hen

This beautiful black hen was found wandering through morning rush-hour traffic one day recently in Toronto's east end. Thanks to some quick thinking from local police, animal services, and CCFA director Taunya Ahier, the hen is now safe in her foster home.
She was very thin and had a lot of feather loss and abrasions, but after just two weeks in a caring home, she is recovering wonderfully, enjoying treats, and making new human friends.
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Cookin' in a Flash
Cucumber Gazpacho

From May 6 - 22, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is holding Veggielicious: "gourmet prix-fixe meals and delicious deals at over 50 locations across the greater Toronto area". 

To get you in the mood, 
we're offering up TVA's chunky cucumber gazpacho. Perfect for the warm weather ahead, the recipe has been CCFA-tested, and the results are "really, REALLY good". Enjoy.

  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 large green chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, minced
  • ½ bunch basil, stems removed and chiffonaded
  • 4 cloves garlic, pureed
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • ½ cup cooked artichoke hearts, diced
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.


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