Safeguarding the welfare of farmed animals is important for animal producers, for the Canadian public, and for the animals themselves. In addition, systems for ensuring farm animal welfare are becoming increasingly significant for access to markets. The Council vision for animal welfare in Canada is for Canada to have a comprehensive farm animal welfare system that: ensures the welfare of farm animals, reflects Canadian values, involves national standards that are informed by scientific research, and includes a suite of compliance tools and activities sufficient to ensure domestic and international confidence in the welfare of farm animals in Canada. Early in its mandate, the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council and the animal welfare working group has undertaken consultations and initiatives to support the advancement of this vision.
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