Canada: new Code of Practice for Egg Production
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has endorsed new Code of Practice for Egg Production. The National Farm Animal Care Council code calls for producers to work toward phasing out the use of small, cramped cages for hens over the next 15 years, and sets new care standards for the birds. It is expected that conventional battery cages will be phased out by 2036. Last May, Retail Council of Canada members including Loblaw, Metro Inc., Overwaitea Food Group, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc., and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., announced they plan to purchase cage-free eggs by the end of 2025. Market demand influenced by price and perceptions of welfare will be the driving force for change from conventional cages to alternative systems.