Over a number of decades, most sow housing in Canada has converted to more intensive, non-bedded, indoor systems. While these stalls have allowed for easier management of sows through more consistent feeding and less injuries from aggression, the restriction in movement has led to concerns that this system inhibits natural behaviours. Increasingly, stakeholder expectations have also been changing and industry is being encouraged to shift towards alternative housing practices.
The Retail Council of Canada (Co-op Atlantic, Canada Safeway, Costco Wholesale Canada, Federated Co-operatives Limited , Loblaw Companies Limited, Metro Inc., Sobeys Inc., Walmart Canada Corp) believes that sows should be housed in an environment where their pregnancy, health and well-being are taken into highest consideration; and that the selection of sow housing be based on a combination of sound science, stakeholder expectations and the long term viability of the industry. RCC grocery members support the Canadian Pork Council’s process to update its Codes of Practice and will work towards sourcing fresh pork products from sows raised in alternative housing practices as defined in the updated Codes by the end of 2022. The members further agree to dialogue with other stakeholders in the pork supply chain, including the Canadian Pork Council, and through our membership and committee participation with the National Farm Animal Care Council.
Each company will implement this commitment in accordance with their own specific business requirements and in consultation with their vendor partners.
Monday April 29, 2013/ Retail Council of Canada/ Canada.