The Directors and staff of the BC Chicken Marketing Board were sickened by the images that were presented in the undercover video that was aired on June 12, 2017.
The brutality that we witnessed are not the acts of normal people and certainly do not represent the behaviour that would be accepted or condoned by anyone in our industry.
The BCCMB in consultation with our industry partners will be taking immediate action to ensure that abuse of this nature cannot occur. This may include licencing of catching contractors to ensure that proper hiring and training practices are enforced and audited.
The BCCMB thanks the SPCA for bringing this reprehensible incident to our attention. We are committed to providing any and all assistance to bring those responsible to justice.
Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) found the video aired June 12 on CTV shocking and reprehensible. There is no defense for the mistreatment of birds.
As part of our commitment, CFC has an established Animal Care Program that is mandatory, 3rdparty audited, and enforced on every farm; it covers the time from when the birds are placed to when they are prepared for transit to the processors, and is completely aligned with the Code of Practice and international standards.
If a farm is found not to be complying with the Animal Care Program standards, or is causing undue suffering to birds, the farmer is subject to penalties and the proper authorities will be contacted.
It is important to convey that this kind of animal abuse is not and will not be tolerated. It is not representative of how the industry works as a whole. CFC will collaborate fully with all elements of the industry, as well as government authorities to ensure that this situation is addressed and to enforce standards that will ensure that it is never repeated.
CFC strongly believes that the abuse of animals is unacceptable. While CFC’s role is to promote and defend good management practices, we count on every stakeholder in the chicken value chain to be vigilant and responsible.
The CFC Animal Care Program has credible, science-based foundations in that it is based on the Code of Practice developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). NFACC is a world leader in bringing together stakeholders with different perspectives – farmers, veterinarians, processors, transporters, animal welfare associations, and provincial/federal governments – to develop robust and sound Codes of Practice.
NFACC’s Code Development process begins with a full scientific review which is used to draft the Code that then undergoes a public consultation process. In this way, all Canadians have an opportunity to contribute to the final Code. The NFACC process is a standard that is internationally recognized and applauded.
The program recently completed an inaugural comprehensive third-party audit. NSF International’s report concluded that “The national Animal Care Program has been implemented effectively and maintained on an on-going basis. Animal care measures have been consistently applied.” NSF is an internationally-recognized, third-party certification body, accredited by the American National Standards Institute to ISO 17065.
Chicken Farmers of Canada is responsible for ensuring that our 2,800 farmers produce the right amount of fresh, safe, high-quality chicken and that our farmer’s views are taken into account when important agriculture and policy decisions are made.
For more information:
British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board
Cheryl Davie 604-859-2868