Canada’s hog and equine sectors will have new codes of practice for the care and handling of both species in place by 2013 following reviews of the existing codes announced in mid- December.
Codes of practice set out national guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They promote sound management and welfare through recommendations and requirements for housing, management, transportation, processing and other animal husbandry practices. Codes are prepared with the input and support of scientific experts and by consensus of diverse groups involved or interested in farm animal care and welfare.
The existing pig code was created in 1993, while the existing equine code was developed in 1998.