March 1, 2007
CPC welcomes Maple Leaf crate ban
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) is pleased to see that Maple Leaf Foods has decided to abandon the use of gestation crates in favour of group housing in all its production sites over the next ten years.
In a reaction, the council's president Clare Schlegel said CPC remains committed to observe sow housing alternatives in response to consumers' concern on current sow housing systems.
Maple Leaf's announcement came shortly after a similar news release by Smithfield Foods.
CPC recognises the firms' marketing decisions to respond to their companies' needs and that no conclusive evidence that one sow housing system is better than the other.
The CPC is rather conscious about animal welfare. In 2005, the council introduced its Animal Care Assessment (ACA), addressing critical facets of animal care, including housing.
Schlegel said current and new housing systems should be supported only if it leads to improved animal welfare.