Animal welfare is more than ensuring animals are raised in comfortable surroundings. Our concern for care continues through the entire value chain from farmgate to the plate including transporting of our livestock. Producers are committed to raising high quality pork for their local and international customers and the overall health and well-being of the animals is very important. Canada's Pig Code of Practice was updated in 2014 to reflect enhanced animal care, housing and transport protocols.
ANIMAL CARE ASSESSMENT (ACA)
Developed by producers, researchers and government officials, and led by the Canadian Pork Council, the ACA is an auditable, educational assessment tool that provides CQA® validated producers with the ability to evaluate and improve, if necessary, animal care in their production units. Focusing on assessing the care of animals, appropriate housing and equipment, in-barn environment and stockmanship, ACA will assist producers in developing a welfare assessment for your farm.
ACA is a mandatory component of the CQA® on-farm food safety program as many practices critical to ensuring food safety are also essential to good animal care. Demonstrating its commitment to quality animal care is a hallmark of the Canadian pork industry. Read the document
It is completely unacceptable for unfit animals - those that are sick, injured or would suffer unduly if not handled properly - to be transported to market. These animals require immediate action. Legislation and animal welfare standards in Saskatchewan establish standards for the euthanasia or slaughter of unfit hogs. Producers and others who handle animals must carry out the necessary due diligence. This is not only to ensure they understand their responsibilities, but also to demonstrate they have carried them out. Read the document
FARM ANIMAL CARE ORGANIZATIONS