AFTER three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period (Feedstuffs, June 10, 2013), Canada has made its updated "Code of Practice for the Care & Handling of Pigs" official.
"The new code of practice is a significant step forward for the Canadian industry," said Florian Possberg, pork producer and chair of the Code Development Committee. "It is a step that recognizes the healthy and rigorous debate of a diverse group of stakeholders to constructively address pig welfare in Canada."
According to the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), highlights of the revised code include a full commitment to adopt group housing for sows and gilts in any new facilities built after July 1, new pain control requirements and enhanced environmental enrichment.
The code of practice is a product of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Code Development Committee, a 17-person committee comprised of representatives from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, pig producers, scientists, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government.
The code is available online at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/pigs.
Financial support for the code was provided by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada.
CPC, a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada.
NFACC coordinates a national approach to advance farm animal care and welfare in Canada. Involving the entire value chain, it works to build processes that facilitate Canada's agriculture industries in addressing farm animal care.