World Animal Protection joins Canada's National Farm Animal Care Council

TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The National Farm Animal Care Council or NFACC's diverse membership of farming industry heavy weights, academics, enforcement agencies and humane societies, government bodies and big name retailers and restaurants can now count global animal welfare charity World Animal Protection among its ranks.

As a collaborative group, NFACC is responsible for overseeing the process by which Canada's national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of animals are developed. The Codes have covered things like the phase-out of sow stalls, animal transport guidelines and standards of care for every sort of farmed animal.

Josey Kitson, Executive Director of World Animal Protection Canada said "we are thrilled to be accepted as members of NFACC. As an organization we aim to work with the groups that have the most meaningful impact on the lives of animals and NFACC is the most important forum for improving the lives of farm animals in Canada."

Ryder Lee, NFACC's Chair said "I am happy to welcome World Animal Protection to the National Farm Animal Care Council. Part of NFACC's reason for being is to bring diverse groups, who would not normally talk to each other, around a common table for healthy dialogue and progress on farm animal welfare."

Voted in to NFACC by its existing membership, World Animal Protection will help set new codes of care for animals and gain valuable insight direct from farmers as they work together to find the best solutions for animals.   

Lee adds "NFACC is unique in the world for its collaborative efforts and success in bridging the gap between all the participants in Canada's food system. We look forward to a positive working relationship with World Animal Protection; one that supports farmers and the animals that they care for every day."

Notes to editors:

  • High resolution photography is available on request
  • For further information and interviews with spokespeople please contact
    Beth Sharpe  T: 1 416 369 0044

About World Animal Protection:
World Animal Protection, formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), is active in more than 50 countries. From our offices around the world, we work with businesses, governments, local partners and animal welfare organizations. We help people to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. We collaborate with national governments, and we have formal relationships with international bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Council of Europe and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). We seek national and international policy change to improve the lives of millions of animals, because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future.

SOURCE World Animal Protection

Image with caption: "Free range hens on a Canadian farm. © World Animal Protection/icproductions (CNW Group/World Animal Protection)". Image available at:

For further information: Beth Sharpe,, T: 1 416 369 0044, M: 1 647 268 8122

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