CFHS was formed in 1957 out of concern for the welfare of animals being slaughtered for food. At that time there were no regulations addressing the slaughter of animals.
The Federation took on the issue and was influential in the introduction of the federal Humane Slaughter of Food Animals Act in 1959.
CFHS continues to play a crucial role in farm animal welfare in Canada. As a founding member of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), CFHS advocates for continual improvements to the standards for farm animal care that are included in Canada’s codes of practice.
CFHS also campaigns for improvements to various policies and regulations to improve the treatment of farm animals.