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Newly revised Canadian laying hen code upsets animal rights groups

Updated code advances welfare requirements in barn environment, health and husbandry practices, transportation and euthanasia and mandates phase-out of conventional cages.

Egg Farmers of Canada and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) announced this week the release of the revised Code of Practice for the Care & Handling of Layers. The nationally developed guidelines serve as the foundation for ensuring that farm animals are cared for using sound management and welfare practices that promote animal health and well-being. The codes are used as educational tools, reference materials for regulations and the foundation for industry animal care assessme

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