– After three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period that drew record-setting engagement for both diversity of perspective and number of comments, an updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs is official.
"The new Code of Practice is a significant step forward for the Canadian industry," says Florian Possberg, pork producer and Chair of the Code Development Committee. "It is a step that recognises the healthy and rigorous debate of a diverse group of stakeholders to constructively address pig welfare in Canada.”
Highlights of the revised Code include a full commitment to adopt loose housing for sows and gilts in all new facilities built after July 1, 2014, new pain control requirements and enhanced environmental enrichment.
The Code of Practice is a product of the National Farm Animal Care Council and the Code Development Committee, a 17-person committee comprising representatives from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, pig producers, scientists, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government.
Financial support for the Code has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Source: Canadian Pork Council