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Equine Code of Practice Survey Project

The future of Canada’s equine industry depends on establishing confidence that the welfare and health standards of the animals in our care are being met. The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (the Code) was developed to set these standards for all equine in Canada. Before we can begin to verify compliance to the Code, we must first determine the current level of awareness and compliance to the Requirements set forth in the standards. Verification of compliance to standards has become critical in all aspects of agriculture for market access and accessibility.

Project results will identify opportunities and priorities for educational programming, resources and the foundation for an equine care assessment tool.

The project is targeted at all aspects of the equine industry including equestrians, owners, custodians and equine based businesses including boarding facilities, guest ranches, riding, training facilities, feedlots, racetracks, rodeo contractors, auction markets, and PMU operations.

“Health and welfare of the animals in our care is the cornerstone of our equine industry,” said Bill desBarres, horse owner and Chair of the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC). “The future of Canada’s equine industry is dependent on establishing and maintaining the confidence of horse people and the general public.”

Click here to request the summary report for the project that ended March 2018.

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Funding for this project is a collaboration of the Canadian equine industry and Growing Forward 2.