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June 20, 2016

New code of practice for poultry falls short

HSI/Canada calls on Canadian industries to adopt meaningful change

Humane Society International/Canada

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MONTREAL—In response to the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens, and Turkeys, Humane Society International/Canada campaign manager Sayara Thurston stated the following:

“Humane Society International/Canada is disappointed by the new Code of Practice released by poultry industries and the National Farm Animal Care Council today. Birds raised for meat account for about six out of every seven farm animals in Canada, making this Code of Practice a document that will touch millions of animals raised for food in this country. Yet the new standards fail to institute meaningful changes to improve the welfare of animals. Until welfare problems caused by the devastatingly rapid growth of broiler birds are addressed in a significant way, countless birds will continue to suffer lameness, respiratory difficulties, heart failure and death before the age of six weeks old. These injuries and illnesses are both alarmingly predictable and, with strong industry commitments, feasibly preventable. The new code also fails to address the need for enrichments, natural light, the amount of hours of darkness provided in a given day, and greater space per bird. Ignoring the potential for producers to positively impact the welfare of birds in their care is irresponsible and unacceptable on the part of Canadian poultry industries.”

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To request an interview with Sayara Thurston, please email or call media contact below.

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Media Contact: Christopher Paré – office: 514 395-2914 / cell: 438 402-0643, email: cpare@hsi.org

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