Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs has been updated and released for public consultation. Although the codes of practice are voluntary, they have the potential to set the legal standard.
The draft code requires a phase-out of gestation crates—cages barely larger than the sow’s own body in which the animals spend their entire lives, unable to even turn around. However, 11 years is proposed for the phase-out, with a final target date of 2024. CETFA has been campaigning for a phase out date of 2017 (see our blog post for the reasons why: „Sow stall phase out: is 2022 good enough?„).
The draft code also includes a loophole allowing the pork industry to continue confining sows inside gestation crates for five weeks at a time—adding up to more than nine months of confinement during the sows‘ four-year lives—even after the 2024 phase-out date. If gestation…
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