Animal Welfare

Everyone benefits when the well-being of animals is respected by farms, kennels, catteries and pet owners. Ethically sound treatment of animals is a priority of citizens and society as a whole. It's also a good business practice and an essential part of modern agriculture.

The Manitoba government works with stakeholders to ensure the province has appropriate animal welfare laws that are clearly understood and followed. These services are delivered through the Animal Welfare Program of Manitoba Agriculture.

In this section you can find out how to report a concern about animal treatment. You can also link to resources providing industry best practices and the perspectives of concerned stakeholder groups.

Laws and responsibilities

Animal welfare is a shared responsibility of governments and industry (including animal owners, transporters and staff in registered slaughter establishments). Industry stakeholders and animal welfare groups play an active role in policy development.

Provincial and territorial governments have primary responsibility for legislation and compliance. In Manitoba, laws protecting farm animals are The Animal Care Act and Animal Care Regulation.

Inspection and compliance

The provincial Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) administers licensing and investigates animal welfare concerns related to both companion animals (pets) and farm production. The CVO also provides oversight of certain animal production, trade and retail facilities.


Humane care and handling

Tips and guidance for safe, effective animal care and handling:

Codes of practice

The codes of practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. The codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices.   

Farm animal councils

Farm animal councils are organizations of diverse partners including animal agriculture industry groups, animal welfare advocates, governments, scientists, veterinarians and the food industry.

Other reference sites