This code of practice, as a statement of intent, has been drawn up by representatives of the South African Pork Producers Organisation, the Pig Veterinary Society, the National Council of SPCA’s, the Livestock Animal Welfare Association, the previous Meat Board & ABAKOR under the auspices of the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee and is intended to be a supplementary set of rules that in no way supersedes or contradicts existing legislation concerning the care and handling of pigs or the provisions of meat hygiene regulations.
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