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 Canada.
March 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 relief.

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 to including:
  • 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).

What more can you do to help pigs?
  1. Educate your friends and family about the industry accepted conditions pigs are raised in.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. TAKE THE PLEDGE to support the humane treatment of pig .
  5. SUPPORT the CFHS at the Codes of Practice negotiating table by donating to our farm animal program. 
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  1. Every step, every decrease in good.

  2. What more can you do to help pigs? I sincerely hope people take an honest look at that question... :/