Alberta’s livestock are given much better treatment than many people believe.
The group Alberta Farm Animal Care held a conference, this past week, to discuss that topic, and they said our farmers are always eager to find ways to better care for their livestock.
Executive Director Angela Greter told the Alberta Morning News, we’ve come a long way in animal treatment over the last couple of decades.
“It’s pretty amazing, you know, we have national codes of practice now, for nearly every farmed animal species and those are widely accepted by the farmers,” she explained. “From that we actually developed animal care assessment programs, so that farmers are regularly audited on their animal care practices.”
Greter said there are many misconceptions about animal treatment in Canada, which actually come from south of the border.
“We certainly don’t give hormones to broiler chickens here, we don’t house meat chickens in cages here… yeah, there’s a bunch of things out of the [United States] that seem to make their way here, and of course get passed around social media.”
She said, in Alberta, care for livestock goes beyond just the basics as farmers look for ways to further improve their animals’ quality of life.