OSMA and Ontario SPCA Working Together for Sheep Welfare
(Guelph, ON) April 22, 2014 ‐ The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) are pleased to announce that they have agreed upon a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will help facilitate joint on farm visits in complaint cases involving animal welfare on sheep farms.
“OSMA is pleased with the agreement and relationship established with the Ontario SPCA. The arrangement aids animal welfare at the farm level, provides education to Ontario SPCA inspectors and benefits the industry as a whole” says Chair Dennis Fischer.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will allow knowledgeable, trained sheep industry representatives to accompany Ontario SPCA inspectors to sheep specific farm calls. Together, industry representatives and the Ontario SPCA, will work to educate and ensure the requirements within the Sheep Code of Practice are being met.
“Working together with the farming community is very important to us. This is the fifth of recent MOAs that have been developed by the Ontario SPCA and livestock commodity groups” says Chief Inspector, Connie Mallory, Ontario SPCA. “We are pleased to be working together with Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency to help animals in need and enhance Animal Welfare across the province.”
The main purpose of the agreement between OSMA and the Ontario SPCA is to improve the dialogue during on‐farm inspections, promote education over enforcement and engage in joint on‐farm training sessions to exchange information and experiences relating to proper care and management practices.
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is a producer organization representing all aspects of the sheep industry in Ontario. Established in 1985 under the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Act, OSMA’s mission is to enhance producer returns and provide consumers with premium lamb and sheep products by encouraging Ontario sheep producers to provide quality, year‐round product through advocacy, industry capacity, research and development and market development.
Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager 519‐836‐0043 firstname.lastname@example.org