650 MILLION animals are raised for food in Canada every year

Tim Hortons seeks humane options


Tim Hortons calls on pork industry to eliminate gestation stalls. Canadian donut giant Tim Hortons has called on the pork industry and their suppliers to eliminate gestation stalls for sows and to develop clear plans and timelines for such a phase out by the end of 2012. This means that the company will buy first from those suppliers who can clearly document how they intend to phase out gestation stalls. Additionally, Tim Hortons has committed to purchasing 10% of their eggs from suppliers who are using enriched hen housing systems by the end of 2013. Tim Hortons has more than 4000 stores in North America and uses 10 million eggs annually.

This announcement comes on the heels of several other similar commitments from fast food companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King, many retailers and some suppliers. What’s in a label?

Fresh, natural, vegetable-fed, free-range – what do these labels really mean? For people interested in making more humane choices at the supermarket all of these claims can be confusing. In response to growing concern for farm animal welfare, the BC SPCA developed the SPCA Certified program. When a product is SPCA Certified it provides you with assurance that farm animals are raised to the highest animal welfare standards. Currently you will find SPCA Certified products in British Columbia and east to Manitoba. The CFHS is working to expand this program throughout the rest of Canada.

Label tips

SPCA Certified (BC, AB, SK, MB) – Animals on these farms were raised with high standards of animal welfare.

Free-run (across Canada) – Found mostly in eggs, these hens are raised free of cages but kept entirely indoors.

Free-range (across Canada) – These animals are raised free of cages or other types of confinement.

Animal-friendly, Fresh and Natural, Born-3, Vegetable-fed can be misleading terms that don’t include any animal welfare benefits.

The CFHS supports these initiatives.


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