The new animal transport regulations , December 6, 2016


Government news release about the regulations:


We encourage CCFA supporters to provide comments to the government of Canada on the regulations.  Comments are due Feb 15, 2017. 

Link to the regulations:


Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s response to CCFA’s Parliamentary e-Petition 355 – Animal Transport , November 17, 2016


Canadians have been advocating for decades for improved animal transport regulations with shorter transport times. Seven thousand, four hundred and seven Canadian signatories supported change to Canada’s outdated animal transport standards in e-Petition 355 - Animal Transportation.


Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s response did not say anything that he has not stated previously.


We don’t need further study and consultation. The current regulations are 41 years old. It is time to act now, by publishing revised animal transport regulations (Section XII, Animal Transportation, Regulations under the Health of Animals Act) based on scientific information, societal expectations, agreement with international standards, and above all, compassion for animals. Stop listening only to industry interests, Mr. Minister.



Thanks, everyone , September 21, 2016


CCFA’s Parliamentary e-Petition requesting changes to Canada’s outdated animal transport regulations closed today with 7407 signatures – almost 7000 more than the required 500 signatures for a response from the Canadian government. We look forward to much needed improvements in the transport regulations soon.




Canadians protest cruel farm animal transportation on Global Day of Action , August 29, 2016


Protesters demonstrated in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Read the article in the Toronto Star



The following article about animal transport, published in The Hill Times, is by Stephanie Brown, a CCFA director, June 20, 2016


Animal transport regulations: time for change


Yet 52 hours is the allowed travel time for Canada’s cattle, sheep and goats, according to federal animal transport regulations. For pigs, poultry and horses, the prescribed time is 36 hours without water, food, or rest.


Imagine travelling—mostly standingmore than two days and two nights without water, food, or rest. Yet 52 hours is the allowed travel time for Canada’s cattle, sheep and goats, according to federal animal transport regulations. For pigs, poultry and horses, the prescribed time is 36 hours without water, food, or rest.


That’s in addition to the five to seven-hour feed withdrawal prior to loading.


It all combines to create one of the most stressful situations animals must endure. Yet virtually all Canada’s hundreds of millions of farmed animals are transported at least once in their lifetime. The type of farm where they were raised doesn’t matter: organic, conventional, small or large, they all must endure transport. And every year, millions of animals die en route to their destination.

On arrival at the slaughter plant—animals wait their turn for slaughter, often for hours. Chickens sit, stacked in cramped crates on trailers, waiting. Fragile “spent” hens— their bodies nearly featherless and suffering osteoporosis after a year of egg laying in battery cages—are shipped long hours to slaughter to become spiced hot dogs.


Canada’s animal transport regulations date back to 1975. They don’t reflect today’s standards. Compared with the European Union, our vehicles are rudimentary and rarely outfitted with mechanical ventilation, movable floors, temperature monitors, alarms, or water. These amenities are available, though rarely used in Canada, yet these improvements make a huge difference to animal well-being.


Canada’s animal transport times are considered the worst in the developed world. The United States has the 28-hour law which, as its name suggests, sets a maximum baseline travel time of 28 hours. Compare our regulations with the EU, which permits only eight hours of transport unless vehicle amenities are provided. 


Canadian pigs and cattle are shipped east and west across the country, and south to the United States for slaughter. To add insult to injury, after many hours without food, water or rest, the transport clock returns to zero when animals reach the border for further travel, often to the southern U.S.


Highway inspections of animal-transport vehicles are needed, but few, if any, Canadian Food Inspection Agency highway inspectors are available. As a result, animals die from inadequate protection and ventilation in Canada’s often extreme weather.


The CFIA, too, recognizes the problems. According to their statements, changes are necessary because, “Canada’s current humane transportation Regulations no longer reflect current industry practice, current science, or societal expectations. Public perception and livestock industry practices have changed. Public scrutiny, stakeholder interest, and advancements in animal welfare have increased significantly in recent years. Gaps exist in the World Organizations for Animal Health (OIE) standards, and there is pressure from international partners who desire to see changes to the regulations in the context of Canadian exports (e.g. Europe).”


The reality is that today, farm animal welfare is not only good for animals, it’s also become critical to international business—which makes the way we transport animals under the Health of Animals Regulations extremely important.


Updating the regulations is an opportunity for federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay to advance Canada’s position as a global trade partner and improve the lives of millions of animals—two good reasons for change.


Stephanie Brown is a co-founder and a director of the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, based in Toronto,

The Hill Times  





CCFA proudly announces our newest website,, April 18 , 2016


CCFA has launched a new web site with some practical relatively inexpensive steps that can be taken to prevent barn fires. The target audience for the site is farmers and we are working with federal and provincial agricultural ministries, insurance companies, some industry groups and with English and French farming publications to get the message out. Barn fires rarely make the news, but there has been a spate of them in 2016, with more than 58,000 farm animals dying in fires in Canada, this year alone. 2016.


Barn Fire



Cage-free announcement by major grocers, March 18 , 2016


CCFA congratulates Retail Council of Canada members Loblaw Companies Ltd., Metro Inc., Sobeys and Wal-Mart Canada for their commitment to purchase cage-free eggs by the end of 2025, announced March 18, 2016



CTV News story about sad state of animal transportation in Canada, March 17 , 2016


Watch video


Toronto Star urges faster elimination of battery cages, February 7 , 2016


Read the editorial in the Toronto Star




October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals

added October 2, 2015


Click here to view our mini-newsletter

Globe and Mail supports cage-free eggs ,

September 11 , 2015


Read the editorial in the Globe and Mail.


Letter to federal agriculture minister: dangers of animal transport during heat waves,

July 29, 2015


Read the letter sent by AAC, CCFA and other concerned groups

Inciteful commentary on chickens' lives,

April 4, 2015


Read the commentary by Peter Fricker in the Toronto Star.


2200 pigs die in Manitoba barn fire,

March 27, 2015


CCFA and other animal protection organizations have advocated for mandatory sprinklers for barns that house animals. These fires happen far too often. The Brandon Sun had an article which is no longer available.


Brampton bus shelter ad gives chickens a voice


Brampton transit shelter ad


The following people made this ad possible:
Nigel Osborne, designer,
Camille Labchuck, lawyer
Sandhya Singh, ad advocate is a CCFA website





CCFA was represented at the two-day meeting of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council in late November in Ottawa.  Reps from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency attended, as do the federal and provincial Chief Veterinary Officers.  Dr. David Fraser from BC reported on his Animal Welfare Committee’s work. Recent government cutbacks to research in farm animal welfare was cited as a problem. 

Antimicrobial resistance was a primary topic, too.  Canada currently lacks legislation prohibiting widespread use of antimicrobial drugs administered to farmed animals to encourage growth.  This must change, since these valuable drugs are developing resistance to infectious diseases.



Welfare of Feedlot Cattle in Focus, October 20, 2014

Packers are starting to ask feedlots to sign affidavits stating that their operations meet animal welfare standards. Read "Providing feedlot animal welfare" by Debbie Furber (PDF)


Press Release issued about Maple Lodge Farms sentencing, March 28, 2014


Maple Lodge Farms court sentence, March 27, 2014.


New CCFA-AAC report about Maple Lodge Farms court trial.


Canada says no more gestation crates as of 2024. Read our press release.



The Ont Liberal Party has published the 20 ideas selected to move onto Phase 2 of their Common Ground initiative. We are happy to report that BAN GESTATION CRATES FOR PREGNANT PIGS is among the top 20. (During Phase 1, it consistently remained as the #1 policy idea).

Phase 2 involves ranking the 20 ideas and it is for Liberal Party members only. IF YOU ARE A LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER, you will have received your personalized link to rank the top 20 ideas submitted to the Common Ground web site. Please take action and rank BAN GESTATION CRATES FOR PREGNANT PIGS as #1. This must be done by February 7.

The top three policy ideas will be presented to Kathleen Wynne. Thank you so much.



Read Diplomat magazine's profile of factory farming in Canada, with contributions from CCFA,starting on page 54, here.

October, 18, 2013


Canadian restaurants get on-board and say no to stalls in Canada's new Pig Code


The following restaurants signed CCFA's petition calling for sow stalls to be fully banned from the new Pig Code, online for public comment until August 3rd. Please patronize these establishments -- and thank them for supporting farm animal welfare!


CCFA press release about restaurants that support our campaign to end confinement of pregnant sows

July 22, 2013


New draft pig code is finally released, with comments due August 3rd.

June 3, 2013


Your help is needed to ban live export

May 9, 2013


Major Canadian grocers commit to end of sow stalls by 2022

April 29, 2013


The CCFA applauds the major announcement on April 29, 2013 from the Retail Council of Canada that eight major grocers will phase out cruel sow stalls by 2022.  Retailers include Co-op Atlantic, Canada Safeway, Costco Wholesale Canada, Federated Co-operatives Limited , Loblaw Companies Limited, Metro Inc., Sobeys Inc., Walmart Canada Corp.

    Retail Council of Canada Member Voluntary Commitment

RCC grocery members support the Canadian Pork Council’s process to update its Codes of Practice and will work towards sourcing fresh pork products from sows raised in alternative housing practices as defined in the updated Codes by the end of 2022.

The members further agree to dialogue with other stakeholders in the pork supply chain, including the Canadian Pork Council, and through our membership and committee participation with the National Farm Animal Care Council.

Each company will implement this commitment in accordance with their own specific business requirements and in consultation with their vendor partners.

To read the entire media release from the Retail Council of Canada, please visit




Important victory for farm animals at Calgary Co-op

March 2013



Our holiday card to all our supporters

December 2012


Newsletter presents a united voice for Canada's farm animals

CCFA, VHS & WSPA - October, 2012


CCFA is again running its 30-second ad on Manitoba TV stations to ban sow stalls by 2017. To see the ad click the link above.

CCFA - May, 2012


North American food retailers make progress for farmed animals

CCFA - May 17, 2012


Maple Lodge Farms faces 60 criminal charges as thousands of chickens perish

Toronto Star, January 8, 2012


CCFA opposes government plan to export live cattle to United Arab Emirates

January 2011



CCFA's letter to major Canadian grocers about ending surgical castration of pigs in Canada

October, 2011


Media release: Manitoba political parties' policies on sow stall phase out

September 21, 2011


CCFA-CETFA TV ad about sow stalls a success

August, 2011


Have you seen our latest PSA?

July, 2011


Hog industry doesn't take pigs' care seriously: judge

Winnipeg Free Press - July 28, 2011


Pigs in heat distress in Toronto:  WSPA and CCFA lodge transport complaint with CFIA

July, 2011


Pig Business can be seen on the web

Pig Business charts the four-year investigation by actress and eco-campaigner Tracy Worcester into factory pig farming. Interview with Stephanie Brown of CCFA is in the final segment.

June, 2011


Loblaw commits to going cage-free

May, 2011


Farm animal welfare groups call for an end to sow stalls in Manitoba

by Lynn Kavanagh in - May 18, 2011


Sow stalls – a mother’s dismal hell:
Farm animal welfare groups call for an end to sow stalls in Manitoba

Press Release - May 5, 2011


U.S. bill would make it illegal to take a picture of a farm

Toronto Star - March 15, 2011


Article added, explaining what egg labels really mean

This magazine - February 19, 2011


Swedish researchers suggest climate tax on red meat - February 1, 2011


One-quarter of animal mistreatment penalties uncollected, documents show

Montreal Gazette - September 29, 2010 (link posted here February, 2011)



Christian churches should end their silence on animal welfare

The Vancouver Sun - December 16, 2010


Australia to phase out gestation stalls by 2017

Australian Pork Limited - November 2010


New pig website – 
The Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA) and Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) are pleased to announce the launching of their new website,  The site focuses on the issues affecting pigs’ well-being in modern agribusiness. - November, 2010


Hog barn owners face multiple charges for barn fires in Manitoba

Winnipeg Free Press - November 4, 2010


Good News: An important announcement about animal transport fines in Canada
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - October 27, 2010


Horse-lovers Demonstrate across Canada with Bulletholes in their Heads

Totonto Star - October 4, 2010


81 Pigs Die in Highway 427 Rollover

Toronto Star - October 4, 2010


81 Pigs Killed after Truck Rollover

Globe and Mail - October 4, 2010


CFIA Looking at Overturned Pig Truck Density - October 4, 2010


Truck Driver Charged in Pig Turnover - September 29, 2010


Free fish from their pain and suffering

by Peter Singer, published September 14, 2010 in The Globe and Mail


The Lives of Animals

Feature in UofT Magazine (University of Toronto)


One-quarter of animal mistreatment penalties uncollected

The Gazette, Montreal


The Faces of Farming: Behind the Spin

Collage prepared by CETFA


CCFA asks beef industry to follow dairy's lead on pain relief.


Did you see the Global documentary Revealed: No Country for Animals?
Click here to take action

Globe & Mail article about pig starvation case.


Letter to Manitoba chief veterinarian about pig starvation case.


Tracy Worcester, the U.K’s Marchioness of Worcester, attempted to meet with Maple Leaf's Michael McCain. Read more here.



Liberals ask Auditor General to audit CFIA enforcement of animal transport standards



CBC News article about horse slaughter abuses (May 2010)



Read a press release about an investigation into Canadian horse slaughter plants:


Recommended reading:  Author Jonathan Safran Foer offers a readable, informative and balanced personal look at the issues involved in his book, Eating Animals.

See an interview with Jonathan Safran Foer on Ellen:



Letter to Canadian grocers about ending pig castration in Canada (February 22, 2010)



CCFA testimony on Ontario Bill 204 -- Animal Health Act, 2009 (November 25, 2009)

MP Alexandra Mendes tabled Bill C-468, a bill to amend animal transport times (October 30, 2009)


Study of Dairy Cows (October 13, 2009)


Toronto Star Article - How bald chickens help troubled kids (October 8, 2009)


Media release about TTC poster campaign (October 6, 2009)


Poster to be placed on Toronto subway cars (September 29, 2009)


Media release about hen adoption program (Sept 22, 2009)


Op ed on barn fires by Lynn Kavanagh - Winnipeg Free Press (Sept 9, 2009)


Mother pigs burned to death in gestration crates (Aug 24, 2009)


Media release pertaining to barn fires (July 10, 2009)


Submission to Manitoba Fire Commission on regulation of farm buildings (July 6, 2009)


Letter to Standing Committee on Fire Protection about barn fires (May 6, 2009)


Natural Meat Company shuts down (April 15, 2009)


Brock University Chooses to Let Hens Spread Their Wings: Animal Protection Groups Applaud University's Decision (March 19, 2009)


Animal protection groups calls for revisions to building code for buildings that house livestock. (February 4, 2009)


Letter from Peter MacKay (January 14, 2009)


Humane Society International Congratulates Orillia and Pickering for Becoming First "Cage-Free" Cities in Ontario (December 17, 2008)


California's "Proposition 2" sets animal welfare precedent for Canada - Media Release (November 7, 2008)


The Barnyard Strategist - The New York Times (October 26, 2008)


Standing, Stretching, Turning Around - The New York Times (October 9, 2008)


Specialty eggs and supply management - Letter to Stephen Harper from Verified Eggs Canada (PDF) (September 19, 2008)


Unanimous decision of New Jersey supreme court results in precedent-setting victory for farm animals (July 30, 2008)


CCFA's written submission to Bill 50 hearings (revision of the OSPCA act), July 21, 2008, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario (July 21, 2008)


PEW report on industrial scale production of farm animals (July 8, 2008)


"Kentucky fried cruelty" comes to an end (June 1, 2008)


Leading Canadian universities lauded for hatching cage-free plan (January 24, 2008)


Battery eggs ban in five years (November 14, 2007)


Separating the good eggs from the bad (October 31, 2007)


The cage-free conundrum: Hype outpaces demand (October 31, 2007)


Farmer sentenced for animal abuse (September 26, 2007)


Prosecutors Fail to Charge Foie Gras Producer Elevages Perigord Despite Documentation of Sickening Abuses (August 25, 2007)


Richmond, British Columbia becomes first city in North America to go cage-free (May 29, 2007)


Animal advocates hail switch to free-range hens' eggs (May 23, 2007)


Cargill Phasing Out Crates For Sows (April 12, 2007)


How to buy eggs from happy hens (April 6, 2007)


Egg producers expand cages (April 6, 2007)


Ethical omelettes (April 3, 2007)


Shocking new Canadian footage of egg farm animal cruelty (April 2, 2007)


Burger King Shifts Policy on Animals (March 28, 2007)


University of Guelph cracks under pressure to serve free-run eggs (March 21, 2007)


The egg industry faces an ultimatum (February 15, 2007)


Altered pigpens planned (February 1, 2007)


Maple Leaf to set pigs free from cages (February 1, 2007)


Maple Leaf to phase out sow gestation stalls (February 1, 2007)


Hog giant to end gestation stalls for sows (February 1, 2007)


PIGS FREE AT LAST! (January 31, 2007)


Maple Leaf endorses U.S. industry direction on sow stalls (January 31, 2007)


Pork plants roasted - slammed for caging mother pigs (January 27, 2007)


Smithfield to phase out crates (January 25, 2007)


Investigation Sheds Light on Suffering (January 3, 2007)


Living Food: Reckless cloning (December 31, 2006)


Obituary: Peter Roberts, Founder and director of Compassion in World Farming (November 23, 2006)


Arizona Proposition 204 passes overwhelmingly (November 15, 2006)


Activists vs. factory farms: Groups want consumers to force changes in egg and pork production (November 6, 2006)


Cage layer systems under attack (November 2, 2006)


"28 hour law" to be enforced for US trucks (October 4, 2006)


Council gives free range to egg probe (September 30, 2006)


Ben & Jerry's drops egg supplier accused of mistreating hens (August 23, 2006)


Battle brews over sow stall proposition in Arizona (August 18, 2006)


New Zealand moves forward with labelling of cage-eggs (June 14, 2006)


Animal Rights Collective of Halifax stages demonstration (May 1, 2006)


Hundreds of hens die in egg farm raid in Ontario (April 10, 2006)


End the rough ride for farm animals (March 15, 2006)


Do wild birds spread the flu? (March 1, 2006)


The Slaughterhouse story hasn't changed in 100 years (February 23rd, 2006)


A sunless hell - confronting the cruel facts of factory-farmed meat (February 19th, 2006)


"Fatigued Pigs: The Transportation Link," Pork Magazine (February 1st, 2006)


Pamela Anderson Slams Loblaw – Don’t Waffle on Egg Labelling (January 30th, 2006)


Canadian animal transport regulations under revision (January 24th, 2006)


Deconstructing Dinner: Eggs (January 12th, 2006)