Posts Tagged ‘Hogs’

More than animal welfare at risk during improper transport practices

March 1, 2008

Even the mental picture of a truckload of hogs on its way to market is enough to draw frowns from empathetic animal lovers, but researchers are taking a scientific approach to relieving the stress suffered by the pigs on those journeys.

Ensuring the welfare of the hog is one goal of Agriculture Canada scientists and members of the pork industry. But the bottom line is still the bottom line.

“There’s a huge economic impact. There is no one in the business that would intentionally try to harm animals, because there’s simply a huge economic loss associated with that,” explained Al Schaeffer, a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alta.

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Film Prompted First Humane Slaughter Law

February 28, 2008

A film showing slaughterhouse workers abusing animals spurs demands for the federal government to put a stop to the behavior. That happened this year — and also a half-century ago, when a Seattle animal rights activist filmed hogs being mistreated at a Washington state slaughterhouse.

The 1950s film helped trigger a fierce debate on Capitol Hill over whether animals deserve some federal protection in their final moments. Congress ultimately decided they did, and 50 years ago this summer, lawmakers passed the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which required that meat purchased by the federal government come from processors who kill their livestock humanely.

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