This blog started after a cold, wet winter night,
when a transport trailer carrying pigs crashed,
spilling several pigs onto a busy highway.
Some were hit by oncoming cars and
later shot by police officers.
It started as a love story to the one pig we rescued from yet another scene of carelessness and animal suffering.
It has evolved into a place where I can archive and discuss the unjust, dark, and deceptive world of the meat industrial complex.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Good news for pigs but let's make sure these codes are enforced and followed through on
Improved welfare for pigs in
6, 2014, OTTAWA: Today pigs in Canada are one step closer to freedom from sow
stalls and painful farming practices. The Canadian Federation of Humane
Societies (CFHS) secured the move after years of negotiations among industry
stakeholders. The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs
creates over 100 animal care requirements and directly addresses the inhumane
practices of sow stalls and castration and tail docking without pain
Yes, as a direct result of the CFHS’s tireless efforts for the
last three years on the development of the new Code for pigs we secured
more than 100 clear requirements that all farmers in Canada must adhere
A ban on construction of new barns that do not provide group housing
(effective July 1st, 2014);
A ban on conventional stall systems that continuously restrict sow
freedom of movement (effective July 1st, 2024);
The mandatory use of anesthetic and analgesic when castrating piglets
over 10 days of age (effective immediately);
The mandatory use of analgesics when castrating or tail-docking
piglets at any age (effective July 1st, 2016);
Requirements for all pigs to have multiple forms of enrichment to
enhance their physical and social environments (effective immediately);
A ban on tethering of pigs (effective immediately).
more can you do to help pigs?
Educate your friends and family about the industry accepted
conditions pigs are raised in.
Demand that the Canadian Pork Council follows through on its
commitment to incorporate the requirements outlined in the Code into their
on-farm Animal Care Assessment program.
Refuse to purchase inhumanely raised pork products. Ask for humanely
raised pork products at your local grocery store and choosing an alternative
until humanely raised pork products are available.