Last year, the B.C. government announced it would be incorporating into law the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, industry-created standards that set out detailed, species-specific animal welfare guidelines. The press release from the ministry of agriculture contained no specifics about how the regulation would work, stating only that the code of practice would be “adopted.”
In announcing the change, B.C.’s agriculture minister Norm Letnick vaguely stated: “As a society, we always need to be working together to ensure all animals in British Columbia are treated with proper care and respect.”
There’s only one problem with this: it’s not true.