Code Development Process
Thanks to all that submitted comments, the public comment period has ended.
- DRAFT Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of PIGS - May 2013
- News Release: Concrete progress on Pig Code brings finish line into focus - Dec 2013
- Listen to Catherine Scovil presentation at the NFACC conference - Oct 2013
- Scientific Committee report - Review of scientific research on priority issues - Jul 2012
- Overwhelming Number of Responses Received to Draft Pig Code of Practice - Aug 2013
- NFACC statement on the status of the pig Code’s development - Dec 2012
- Current Code of Practice for the care and handling of Pigs (1993) • Factsheet
- Addendum Early Weaned Pigs (2003)
- News Release: Pig Code of Practice to be Updated - Dec 2010
Code revision initiated
Public comment period
June 1 - August 3, 2013
Estimated Code release date
Code Development Progress
The priority welfare issues are species specific and manageable topics that are considered to be important for animal welfare and will particularly benefit from a review of the available scientific literature.
The Code Development Committee (CDC) and the Scientific Committee (SC) each identify their respective lists. Once complete, the committees come together to collectively finalize the priority welfare issues for the species. The SC then reviews the scientific literature for each priority welfare issue and develops a report synthesizing the research results, summarizing the consensus (if any), and identifying any gaps requiring further research. See full SC Terms of Reference.
The CDC uses the SC report to develop requirements and recommendations around the priority welfare issues in the Code of Practice.
Following is the priority welfare issues list for the Pig Code of Practice update:
- Controlling pain: castration
- Methods of euthanasia
- Pig space allowance
- Sow housing
- Group housing (floor feeding, electronic sow feeding, feeding stalls)
- Sow stalls
- Social management of sows
- Space allowance – sows
Note: other welfare topics for the species will be covered by the CDC. The priority welfare issue list is comprised of issues that would particularly benefit from a review of the available scientific literature.
Pig Code Development Committee members
Participants are defined as per NFACC’s Code of Practice guidelines.
|Code Secretary||Betsy Sharples|
|Producer||Florian Possberg (Chairman)|
|Animal welfare organization||Dr. Carol Morgan|
|Animal welfare regulatory enforcement body||Penny Lawlis|
|Retail and food service organization||Requested but position not filled|
|Agriculture Canada and/or CFIA||Dr. Gordon Doonan|
|Researcher / academic||Harold Gonyou|
|Technical Expertise||Miles Beaudin|
|Agricultural Engineer||Franklin Kains|
|Industry Liaison (ex-officio)||Catherine Scovil|
- Harold Gonyou (Chair)
- Nicolas Devillers
- Tina Widowski
- Luigi Facitano
- Tim Pasma
- Robert Friendship
- Nadine Ringgenberg (Research Writer)