The National Farm Animal Care Council says it received more than 4,700 submissions representing 32,340 individual comments on the draft Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs when the public comment period closed on Aug. 3.
Submissions came from across Canada, the United States and around the world, the council said. The comments will now be considered by the Pig Code Development Committee.
The committee recently had a two-day meeting to consider the submissions and another is planned for November.
“The Code Development Committee is engaging in rigorous dialogue to ensure the range of views is being given fair consideration,” Jackie Wepruk, NFACC general manager said in a release. “The committee is positive about the progress made. However, more time will be required for deliberations. NFACC is committed to ensuring the necessary resources are in place to make this happen.”