News by year:
October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals
added October 2, 2015
Globe and Mail supports cage-free eggs ,
September 11 , 2015
Letter to federal agriculture minister: dangers of animal transport during heat waves,
July 29, 2015
Inciteful commentary on chickens' lives,
April 4, 2015
Read the commentary by Peter Fricker in the Toronto Star.
Brampton bus shelter ad gives chickens a voice
The following people made this ad possible:
Nigel Osborne, designer, designer
Camille Labchuck, lawyer
Sandhya Singh, ad advocate
Helpthechickens.ca 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
June 3, 2013
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
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
CCFA - May 17, 2012
Toronto Star, January 8, 2012
September 21, 2011
Winnipeg Free Press - July 28, 2011
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.
by Lynn Kavanagh in Rabble.ca - May 18, 2011
Press Release - May 5, 2011
Toronto Star - March 15, 2011
Article added, explaining what egg labels really mean
This magazine - February 19, 2011
Meatingplace.com - February 1, 2011
Montreal Gazette - September 29, 2010 (link posted here February, 2011)
The Vancouver Sun - December 16, 2010
Australian Pork Limited - November 2010
New pig website – www.PigsatRisk.com
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, www.PigsatRisk.com. The site focuses on the issues affecting pigs’ well-being in modern agribusiness. - November, 2010
Winnipeg Free Press - November 4, 2010
Good News: An important announcement about animal transport fines in Canada
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - October 27, 2010
Totonto Star - October 4, 2010
Toronto Star - October 4, 2010
Globe and Mail - October 4, 2010
Orangeville.com - October 4, 2010
Orangeville.com - September 29, 2010
by Peter Singer, published September 14, 2010 in The Globe and Mail
Feature in UofT Magazine (University of Toronto)
The Gazette, Montreal
Collage prepared by CETFA
Did you see the Global documentary Revealed: No Country for Animals?
Click here to take action
Tracy Worcester, the U.K’s Marchioness of Worcester, attempted to meet with Maple Leaf's Michael McCain. Read more here.
CBC News article about horse slaughter abuses (May 2010)
Read a press release about an investigation into Canadian horse slaughter plants: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2010/30/c6344.html
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) 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) Natural Meat Company shuts down (April 15, 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)
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)
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)
Natural Meat Company shuts down (April 15, 2009)
Letter from Peter MacKay (January 14, 2009)
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)
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)
2007Battery 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)
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)
2006Living 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)
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)