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National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council Formed


November 25, 2010
By NFAHW

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November 25, 2010- Farmed animal industry groups, provincial governments and the Government of Canada are working together to implement the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Strategy (NFAHWS) through the formation of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council.

November 25, 2010- Farmed animal
industry groups, provincial governments and the Government of Canada
are working together to implement the National Farmed Animal Health and
Welfare Strategy (NFAHWS) through the formation of the National Farmed
Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council
.

The NFAHW Council will provide ongoing advice to governments and industry on the implementation of the strategy which provides a comprehensive framework for enhancing Canada’s farmed animal health and welfare system.

The Council includes members from animal industry groups, academia, and federal and provincial governments, and is supported jointly by federal, provincial and nongovernment partners. While reporting to the FPT Regulatory ADMs, the Council is accountable to all partners.

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The inaugural meeting of the NFAHW Council was held on October 28-29, 2010 in
Guelph, Ontario. Co-chairs Rob McNabb and Wayne Lees were selected at this
meeting.

“Over the past century, Canada has earned and enjoyed an enviable reputation for its
animal health programs and the health status of its farmed animal sectors,” said Rob
McNabb, Co-Chair. “Governments, livestock industry groups, and the animal health
community must continue to work together to protect animal health and welfare, and
maintain this reputation.”

In recent years, environmental concerns, the increasing globalization of trade, and
emerging zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza have tested current farmed animal
health systems in Canada. The NFAHW Council facilitates industry-government
collaboration and aligns animal health activities to help meet current and future
challenges.

Members of the inaugural NFAHW Council are:
Dr. Ian Alexander, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Dr. Pauline Duivenvoorden, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Dr. Rainer Engelhardt, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. David Fraser, UBC Animal Welfare Program
Dr. Gerald Hauer, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development
Dr. Wayne Lees, Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives
Mr. John Maaskant, Chicken Farmers of Canada
Ms. Jennifer MacTavish, Canadian Sheep Federation
Dr. Michel Major, Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du
Québec
Mr. Rob McNabb, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Mr. Florian Possberg, Canadian Pork Council
Mr. John Ross, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Norm Willis, Norm Willis Group

The Canadian Animal Health Coalition has been contracted to provide Secretariat
services for the NFAHW Council, for a term of three years. Communications to the
Council should be directed through the Canadian Animal Health Coalition at the
address below.

For information:
National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council
c/o Canadian Animal Health Coalition
660 Speedvale Avenue West, Suite 205
Guelph, Ontario N1K 1E5
info@animalhealth.ca