March 7, 2014
Canada announced that an updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs is official, 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.
"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."
The revised Code highlights 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.
"The Canadian Pork Council and its members are proud of the new Pig Code and the credibility the entire process lends to its creation," says Jean-Guy Vincent, Chair of the Canadian Pork Council. "The new Code is a source of tremendous pride. It represents our commitment to the animals in our care, the sustainability of our industry, our ability to work collaboratively with a diverse stakeholder group and the leadership we provide to a global industry."
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have provided the financial support for the Code.