Input to Canada's New Equine Code of Practice Needed

Canada's National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a second survey to gain further stakeholder input as it revises Canada's official Equine Code of Practice which serves as the national understanding of equine care requirements and recommended best practices.

The NFACC is overseeing a multi-year project to renew the Codes of Practice for several farm animal species, including horses. Each species has a lead organization responsible for facilitating their individual Code's development. For equine, it's Equine Canada.

The Equine Code of Practice will be scientifically informed, practical, and reflect societal expectations for farm animal care thanks to a Code Development Committee which brings together a broad range of expertise and industry knowledge. The Committee is also seeking stakeholder input through national surveys. This survey is the second to be conducted for the equine industry.

"Stakeholder input is critical to the renewal process," explained Jack de Wit, chair of the Equine Code of Practice Committee and member of Equine Canada's Board of Directors. "We strongly encourage all those involved in our sport and industry to provide input through this survey."

To complete this 10 minute survey, visit and click on survey.

More information on the Code development process and progress on the various Codes under development, including the equine Code, are available from NFACC's website

Funding for the Codes of Practice is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Agricultural Flexibility Fund (Addressing Domestic and International Market Expectations Relative to Farm Animal Welfare).

The NFACC is a collaborative partnership of diverse stakeholders created in 2005 to share information and work together on farm animal care and welfare. It is the national lead for farm animal care issues in Canada. NFACC would like to acknowledge the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) for their role in securing funding for this project. For more information about NFACC, visit

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