Animal Welfare

 

Our Commitment

Maple Lodge Farms is committed to the respectful, humane treatment of chickens during all phases of rearing, transportation and slaughter. Treating the birds humanely that we rely on for our livelihood is a priority and is a moral responsibility that we take seriously. We share this responsibility with our farmers, catchers and transporters; each of whom we hold to equally high standards of care.

All Maple Lodge Farms’ employees, as well as our partners, are required to adhere to the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry, a series of stringent industry guidelines developed by a committee of representatives from farm groups, animal welfare groups, veterinarians, animal scientists, federal and provincial governments, related agricultural sectors and other stakeholders.

We work in conjunction with a number of provincial, federal and industry-specific organizations, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), to ensure that Maple Lodge Farms not only adheres to stringent regulations governing the care and handling of chickens, but actively participates in developing new and improved standards of care.

We make sure that this commitment is fulfilled by:

  • Providing comprehensive training on humane handling practices to our employees including a comprehensive Livestock Transport Certification Program for our live haul drivers.
  • Ensuring that all employees adhere to the policies and procedures that comprise the Maple Lodge Farms Animal Welfare Program, as well as the industry Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry and all applicable Provincial and Federal legislation.
  • Enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for any employee found in violation of humane care policies and applying appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  • Conducting internal audits to assess effectiveness of and compliance to the Animal Welfare program on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Employing a third-party auditor to assess the Animal Welfare program on an annual basis.
  • Investing in continuous improvement efforts including research, training, the development or implementation of new standards, equipment or technology. Click here to read more about Humane Transportation.
  • Supporting the advancement and sharing of knowledge by participating in industry initiatives focused on improving animal welfare practices. Click here to read about our recent actions on Animal Welfare.