Council members were shocked and dismayed at reports last week of animal abuse on the Chilliwack dairy farm.
The severity of the outrage was expressed by our members' customers, many of whom demanded that they not be supplied with products made from milk that originated from the farm until proper assurances were received that the incidents had ceased and remedial measures implemented. In response, the Council sought assurances from the BC Milk Marketing Board that thorough assessments had been conducted by qualified third parties and that measures for ongoing monitoring had been put in place.
Council members are now satisfied that such measures have been taken and are prepared to receive the milk. In addition, the Council looks forward to participating in the June 26 meeting of key industry stakeholders aimed at expediting the reform of industry regulations to enable stricter enforcement of on-farm animal welfare practices.
The Council continues to condemn any form of mistreatment of farm animals and appreciates the efforts of all industry stakeholders to address this horrific incident and its ensuing impact on consumers of dairy products.