The province is expected to appeal a court ruling that said the OSPCA powers are unconstitutional.

Province given a year to revamp OSPCA powers

Court ruling says group’s animal welfare enforcement powers needs oversight

The Ontario government has been given a year to revamp legislation governing inspection of complaints and enforcement of orders related to animal welfare, following a ruling on Jan. 2 from Justice Timothy Minnema of the province’s Superior Court. Barring an appeal by the province’s Attorney General, the revamped legislation must create a framework of inspection […] Read more

Who will inspect livestock welfare complaints?

Restructuring at OSPCA casts doubt on future of livestock inspections. Here are some potential outcomes

OSPCA gets $5.75 million annually through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, specifically for investigation services. This funding supports a call centre for complaints/concerns, officer training, and the operation of the officers in the field. There are about 75 officers across the province. Representatives from Ontario’s livestock commodity groups will meet in early […] Read more

Organizations such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defence Fund have tried to provide legal representation on behalf of animals.

U.S. animal rights activists test new tactics

The U.S. legal community is closely monitoring cases involving animals

Animal activists have shifted to new tactics and more have started launching lawsuits on behalf of animals. While courts in the United States have not ruled in their favour, more cases from large, well-funded animal rights groups are being filed, said Michelle Pardo, a partner in the firm Duane Morris, which defends companies against animal […] Read more

Maple Leaf Foods says they are over half done their conversions to open sow housing.

Maple Leaf Foods says group sow housing switch moving quickly

Maple Leaf Foods says it is on track to be the first large-scale producer to completely shift to open sow housing

Glacier FarmMedia – Maple Leaf Foods expects to complete its change to open sow housing with years to spare. The company has completed more than half of its transition, according to Dr. Greg Douglas, vice-president of animal care. Along the way the company has learned a lot about housing and managing sows in groups. Why […] Read more

New livestock transport regulations are coming, but are likely going to be delayed.

Livestock transport regulations could drive change

Studies show national standards are mostly being met for cattle rest, but experts say humans involved need consideration too

Everyone involved in the process has responsibility for maintaining animal welfare when shipping beef cattle, especially animals trucked long distances. If anything goes wrong, then it needs to be communicated back down the shipping chain. Those were the key messages from Kincardine-area feedlot operator Steve Eby during a session on moving cattle long distances during […] Read more


Painful movement often means livestock have less ability to get to feed and water.

Editorial: It all starts with the feet

Hoof health: For the sake of the animals and long-term health of our farms, we need to do better

I’ve heard for years that the foundation of livestock health is the foot. I haven’t needed studies to tell me that, as I’ve seen it many times myself. See an unhealthy cow or hog? There’s a good chance that its issues start with feet. It’s not surprising. Painful locomotion means less ability to get to […] Read more


A herd of 60 dairy cows, including a herd of milking goats, are poised to return to Kingston-area prison farms.

Editorial: In defence of animal care

Prison farm activists cheer animals’ return

The announced return of the animals to prisoner rehabilitation farms in the Kingston area was an exciting victory for many in the eastern Ontario farming community. Farmers, and other community activists, had worked hard, protested, and protested some more over years to bring the prison farms back. The farm was eliminated eight years ago by […] Read more


Caitlin Woolcott, right, is a recent graduate of University of Guelph now working for New Life Mills. She offered encouragement to current Masters student Logan Patterson, left. Woolcott was a Research Symposium presenter in 2017, also as part of a multi-study, three-year project tackling poultry euthanasia.

Managing poultry euthanasia

A large research project is looking at how farmers can finetune the humane death of poultry on their farms

Poultry producers across North America should soon have access to expert advice about the most practical, effective ways to deal with euthanasia on their farms. Why it matters: In both the U.S. and Canada, the past decade has seen enhanced regulation related to on-farm euthanasia, driven largely by a desire to decrease the potential for […] Read more

Danielle Fawcett explains her Master’s degree study into the effect on keel bone development in pullets raised in varying housing densities. She presented her findings during the Poster Presentation section of the 11th annual Research Symposium of the University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.

Animal welfare studies lead to ag careers

Students find there are good jobs to be had because of their studies of animal welfare

The growing interest in animal welfare is providing opportunities for students studying animal behaviour and management. The most recent edition of the annual Research Symposium of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) provided strong evidence there are now post-university career opportunities for those interested in the topic. Why it matters: With […] Read more