First vice chair Frank Novak spoke on behalf of the CPC, outlining some of the Canadian pork industry activities related to animal care and transportation and why pork producers have concerns with the proposed amendments to the regulations.
Concerns the CPC has with the amendments include reducing the maximum interval for restricting access to food and water from 36 to 28 hours and stopping and unloading pigs during transit.
"Most of the movement with a duration between 28 and 36 hours in our industry are isoweans transported to nursery barns in the Midwest United States," said Novak. "These shipments experience low mortality rates and the nursery barns in the U.S. report exceptional performance from the pigs when they arrive."
"Stopping also compromises their biosecurity, increasing the risk of exposing them to a disease. Unloading of pigs would create significant stress leading to sickness and death losses," he added. "Both these issues do little to improve animal welfare."
Novak noted the University of Saskatchewan has recently initiated research on newly-weaned pigs' ability to withstand long-distance transport. This research will determine the maximum reasonable transport time that does not significantly impact the pigs' welfare.
Tuesday April 4, 2017/ CPC/ Canada.