Organic production is based on principles that support healthy practices. By their very nature organically certified products ensure humane treatment of animals, making a mistreated, organically-raised animal the epitome of an oxymoron. The organic standards for Canadian farmers provide the working framework. This page is intended to give you information and access to more information that will help you take care of your animals, for their sake; for the sake of those who eventually eat them or what they produce; and so that you can proudly bring your care and work to the market with the Organic label.
The Animal Welfare Task Force of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada includes a fairly complete library of topics ranging from housing and pest management to pain management and slaughter: good advice and assistance to help you provide the best care within the farming context.
The SPCA has been a pioneer in advocating for the proper care of farm animals. Organic certiication programs have found in them a natural ally. The SPCA is active in all Canadian provinces but vary widely in the extent of their involvement in farming. Currently, the two most active farm programs are British Columbia and Ontario.
Animal Welfare Standards chart: comparing conventional, BCSPCA and BC Certified Organic.
Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare (FAO)
Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans (Environmental & Analytical Toxicology)
Comparison between Organic & Intensive Husbandry Systems - The Ethical Matrix Approach
Canadian Federal Acts & Regulations: farm animal slaughter & transportation
Animals on the Farm (Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
National Farm Animal Care Council
Canadian Farm Animal Care Trust
Animal Care and Handling Act (BCMAL, PDF)
Vancouver Humane Society
UBC Animal Welfare Program
BC Provincial Meat Inspection Act
Livestock Behaviour, Design of Facilities & Humane Slaughter (Dr Temple Grandin)
Stress Down - Humane Handling (NewFarm April '04)
Humane husbandry by Roberta Staley
Guide: on-farm stunning and euthanasia of specialty poultry and barnyard fowl [French-only, Quebec Min.of Ag. Fisheries & Food. PDF, 1.4 MB)
Electric Prod and Organic Beef Production
Throughout the history of agriculture and in all facets of animal
production, the welfare of farm animals has been impacted by a variety
of economic, political, and social forces. Organic animal production
is impacted by the same forces, but responds to them from within
its own philosophical frame of reference. Concentration and centralization
of the processing industry and increased societal awareness and
concern about animal welfare issues have raised concerns about animal
welfare during transportation and slaughter. In both organic and
conventional agriculture, the accelerating rate of change affects
all aspects of production and processing.
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Elsewhere on this site
Pertinent Federal (Canadian) & Provincial (BC) Regulations
Organic Dairy Farming in Canada
Marketing Your Product
Organic Prices (fruit and vegetables)
Small Scale Food Processing
Soil (Canada, USA) and Water (BC, Alberta) Testing Labs & Services