MissionThe Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada ("SFPFC") is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to communicate, discuss, and advocate for the civil rights and important role that small flock poultry farmers can play (and should play) in Canadian Society.
Vision Rev. 1 2014/03/15
Our Vision is for small flock poultry farmers to be respected, valuable, and effective producers of safe, nutritious, and affordable poultry meat, eggs, and related products for their local communities; with minimal regulatory restrictions.
Principles Rev. 6 2014/01/01
- Serving the greater good of
the public is paramount.
- All livestock shall be
treated with care, dignity, and respect at all times (ie. before, during,
and after the harvesting of the animal).
The owner of livestock shall develop a reasonable plan for ensuring
animal welfare for the entire lifecycle of the animals. This plan will include the “Freedom Five” (see Farm Animal Welfare Council "FAWC") as far as can be
reasonably achieved, and shall consider international/national/industry guidelines
and best practices. The owner of
livestock shall ensure their animal welfare plan is implemented in an
effective and consistent manner, periodically assess the suitability and
effectiveness of their plan, and continuously improve their plan and its
- If we discover or reasonably
suspect significant violations of animal welfare responsibilities, we have
a duty to immediately rectify the situation and prevent its re-occurrence;
or bring it to the attention of those immediately responsible, or those authorities
who can protect the animal(s).
- We believe in fulfilling our
duties to all our stakeholders through open and honest communications,
competency, and predictability.
- Canadians want and deserve
the best quality food (ie. safe, nutritious, accessible, affordable, etc.).
- Canada as a whole, and each
local region within Canada, must continuously work towards sustainable and
self-sufficient 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.
- Skillful, prudent, and hard
working farmers must be able to earn reasonable financial gains from
- All farmers shall plan and reasonably ensure that all raw materials, on- and off-farm processes, products, by-products, wastes, and emissions are done in a lawful, moral, reasonable, sustainable, and socially acceptable manner for the entire life cycle of the materials and/or processes involved.
- Incompetent, reckless, or lazy
farmers must learn and improve, or stay out of the way, or find a different
- If Supply Management ("SM")
is the most effective means to serve the public, then we believe in and support
- 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 believe in and support SM as long as those necessary changes are proceeding as
- The SM system, like all other systems, must continuously improve
as rapidly and effectively as possible.
- The SM system, like all other systems, must serve the public (ie.
deliver the best quality food for a fair price, minimize risks, maximize
both trust and reliability).
- Unlike the over-riding priority
for maximum 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 protect, co-ordinate, facilitate, and assist its citizens where needed; otherwise stay out of their way.