Alberta Farm Animal Care Association
Alberta Farm Animal Care Association (AFAC) was started in 1993 by Alberta livestock producers. Throughout the past 20 plus years AFAC has developed into the collective voice of the livestock industry on matters of livestock welfare. AFAC has provided a coordinated approach for all areas of livestock production to work together to advance and promote responsible livestock care. The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is represented on the AFAC board for equine in Alberta.
AFAC’s Guiding Principles:
- Proper handling of livestock in our care is a moral, social, ethical responsibility.
- Sound livestock welfare practices and healthy livestock may contribute significantly to improved production and industry sustainability.
- Strong cooperative partnerships with industry in extension, research, legislative developments and enforcements are essential.
- As a diverse livestock industry organization, AFAC provides a collective voice and member groups are responsible to deliver industry specific programs on their own behalf.
AFAC, working with industry, has collaborated on successful projects that address the well being of livestock though all stages of life and death. Highlights of these projects are listed below:
- ALERT line (used to report livestock care concerns in Alberta)
- Livestock Care Conference
- Livestock Emergency Handling Equipment Trailers and Training Program
- Information Leadership Initiative
- Canadian Livestock Transport and Certification (now housed at the Canadian Animal Health Coalition)
- Humane Handling Guides
For more information on AFAC, please visit their site.
Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada
The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) is an alliance of Canadian equine organizations, farm animal care groups and other segments of the animal agriculture industry. HWAC was formed in 2008 as a response to concerns related to the humane care and handling of horses.
- Supports the existing education programs of each of its partners and / or members
- Promotes humane handling of horses throughout all of their life stages
- Informs its constituents, partners and members of matters and issues related to the welfare of the horse population
- Enhances public awareness of matters and issues relating to the welfare of the horse and the industry
- Networks with organizations who assist the Alliance in the achievement of its purpose and objectives
- Encourages responsible breeding practices
- Promotes and educates measures to protect the health of the equine herd and the public (Biosecurity)
- Monitors issues that impact the welfare and health of horses
- Advocates wherever the interests of the horse, horse people and industry will be positively affected.
HWAC is dedicated to bring together associations which endorse responsible use and care of horses during their lifetime and at their death to ensure that a high standard of health and welfare of the horse is maintained throughout their life regardless of whether a horse is purpose bred for performance or food.
HWAC will strive to provide a strong unified voice across Canada in support of values and ethics related to horse ownership, use and the industry in total. HWAC and partners have been involved in the following industry initiatives: reports on horse welfare across Canada, the development and promotion of the Codes of Practice for the care and handling of horses, unfit animal guidelines, a fact sheet on horse processing and animal welfare, biosecurity information and updates on transport regulations and the promotion of resources such as body condition scoring. HWAC has identified contractors and clinicians to offer courses on emergency response, horse handling and transport. HWAC assembled a team of high profile specialists to create the Recommended Handling Guidelines and Animal Welfare Assessment Tool for horses destined for processing (an audit process). This project has attracted positive attention globally.
HWAC consults and participates as a stakeholder with various divisions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Alberta Farm Animal Care, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Alberta Equine Welfare Group, SPCA, and with other livestock organizations.
HWAC report on: Final Horse Processing and Animal Welfare.
What is the Alberta Equestrian Federation’s position on the Processing of Horses?
The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) advocates for humane treatment of all horses and believes that the equine industry and horse owners have a responsibility to provide humane care throughout the life of the horse.
The AEF recognizes that processing of horses is part of the equine industry in the Province of Alberta. It should be noted that this does not in anyway indicate the AEF supports Horse Slaughter, however, as processing is a reality in Alberta, the AEF works in conjunction with other organizations to ensure that standards of practice are being met and horses are treated in a humane way and with dignity. The AEF encourages, fosters and provides education regarding responsible ownership and management that will reduce the number of unwanted horses.
The Alberta Stables Initiative was created as an independent initiative under the direction of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA), Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), with the goal of becoming a self-supporting service for stables.
To strengthen Alberta’s stables by promoting safety, animal welfare and sound business practices as well as providing support, education and marketing opportunities for the stable industry.
- Increasing and improving the public profile of the stable industry in Alberta
- Increasing level of education for stable owners and staff
- Creating a network of stables for the sharing of information
- Increasing accessibility of stables for those wanting to get involved in the horse industry
- Creating stable owner/staff awareness of recommended Codes of Practice for horses as well as recommended standards for stable operation
- Building a “voice” for stable owners to address issues of concern to their industry
- Education for stables on issues of key concern – safety, welfare, biosecurity, coaching, marketing
- Division of the province into 20 regions allowing wide spread support through regional meetings offering networking, information sharing, educational opportunities, stable tours, socializing
- Visits to stables to discuss the initiative, gather information on the facility and services and answer any questions
- Development of an independent web space (findalbertastables.ca) to provide detailed information on participating stables for online public access – location, services, facilities, coaching, activities, etc. – reciprocal links from AEF, HIAA and AARD web sites
- A network for stables to share information, swap ideas, buy and sell, ask questions
- Promotion of stables initiative and participants through AEF and HIAA presence at industry events
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