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New Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines Available

The development of this new Code is perhaps the most important project in recent Canadian history for the health and welfare of equines in Canada. This is a Code of Practice we can all be proud to have. It is among the most comprehensive of equine Codes internationally, and will serve a vital role across our diverse industry.


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What is the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines?  

The Code of Practice, developed in partnership with the National Farm Animal Care Council and Equine Canada, is a fundamental guide and reference document promoting sound management and welfare practices in regards to responsible horse, pony, donkey and mule ownership, health management, feeding, housing, feedlot management, principles of training, euthanasia and other husbandry practices.

The Code makes clear the industry’s current requirements alongside recommended practices that encourage a higher level of care in order for the industry to strive for continuous improvement.  It inspires meaningful discussion on how people operate and improve how caregivers, and the industry in general, deal with grey areas.EquineCanada CofP button125x250px

Overall, Codes of Practice serve three main purposes:

(1) educational tools;
(2) foundation documents for assessment programs; and
(3) reference materials for regulations.

The Code clearly identifies “Requirements” as well as “Recommended Practices”. Requirements will refer either to a regulation or an industry imposed expectation. The Code’s Recommended Practices will further support the Requirements in conjunction with promoting education and the adoption of practices for continuous improvement in animal welfare outcomes.



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Funding for the Codes of Practice is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, under the Addressing Domestic and International Market Expectations Relative to Farm Animal Welfare initiative, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.