- Serving the greater good of
the public is paramount.
- We believe in the “Freedom Five” as defined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council ("FAWC") for all animals that are
directly and indirectly under the care, control or ownership of farmers.
All animals have the right to freedom:
- from Hunger/Thirst;
- from Discomfort;
- from Pain/Injury/Disease;
- to Express Normal Behaviours;
- from Fear/Distress
- If we discover or reasonably
suspect significant violations of FAWC's Freedom Five, we have a duty to immediately rectify the
situation and prevent its re-occurrence; or bring it to the attention of
those responsible, or those who can legally protect the animal(s).
- We believe in open and
honest communications, competency, and predictability.
- Canadians want and deserve
the best quality food (ie. safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable).
- Canada as a whole, and each
local region within Canada, must be sustainable and self-sufficient in its
food production and distribution.
- If it wasn't for farmers,
rich people would only have money to eat.
- All farmers, like all other
people, need to be respected and appreciated for the work they do.
- Skilful and hard working
farmers must be able to earn reasonable financial gains from farming.
- Incompetent and/or lazy
farmers need to stay out of the way, or find another career.
- If Supply Management ("SM")
is the most effective means to serve the public, then we support SM.
- If SM isn't today, but could become the most effective means to
serve the public, and SM is
willing and able to make the necessary changes in a timely and effective
manner, then we support SM as
long as those necessary changes are proceeding as planned.
- The SM system, like all other systems, must continuously improve
as rapidly as possible.
- The SM system, like all other systems, must serve the public (ie.
deliver the best quality food, minimize risks, maximize both trust and
- Unlike the over-riding
priority for maximum efficiency and profit sought by quota-based or
industrialized poultry farming, small flock farming is also about participation
in the circle of life; an
expression of life and participation in it; a
statement to the industrialized farms and society as a whole that we
reject the principles behind industrialized farms; a spiritual practice that transcends the
acts themselves; a system of
education for self, family, and community; and is part of a higher purpose.
- The rights of individuals
are more important than the rights of groups.
- The rights of all citizens
are more important than the rights of organizations.
- While recognizing and
protecting the rights of minorities, the majority shall lead towards the
greatest good for all, and never take more than their fair share of the
- The role of government is to set reasonable standards and monitor performance; then co-ordinate, facilitate, and assist its citizens where needed; otherwise stay out of their way.