Animal Care

Canada's producers work hard to care for their animals every day. The success of the Canadian cattle industry relies on healthy, well cared for cattle. Where there are issues, farmers and ranchers work with the CCA Animal Care Committee towards improvements through research, communication and education.


Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is illegal to wilfully neglect, maim, wound or injure an animal. Provinces and territories also have laws regarding the care and treatment of farm animals. The beef cattle industry also follows the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The Code was recently updated through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) code development process, in partnership with the CCA. Codes of Practice are science-informed national guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals.