“This code of practice is a statement of intent by the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation with the assistance of the Pig Veterinary Society.
It is intended to be code of conduct in husbandry practices on a pig farm and not to supersede or contradict current welfare legislation concerning care and handling of pigs.
Furthermore, the adoption of SAPPO’s Recommended Biosecurity measures is strongly encouraged to reduce the risk of diseases entering a farm which would cause unnecessary suffering.
This code is based on the knowledge and technology available at the time of publication and may need to be changed in the light of future knowledge. It does not replace the need for experience and common sense in the husbandry of animals”
This code is based on the belief that pigs should be afforded the five freedoms of Webster, namely
- Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress