Statement Of The NPPC And The Ohio Pork Producers Council On Ohio Hog Mistreatment

December 8, 2006

Contact: Dave Warner 202-347-3600

Washington, D.C., December 8, 2006 -A recent news story on a Cleveland television station depicted mistreatment of hogs, including practices not condoned and in fact, abhorred by America’s pork producers.

The National Pork Producers Council and the Ohio Pork Producers Council condemn the mistreatment of animals that took place on the Ohio farm in question. The producer now is working with a licensed swine veterinarian to implement corrective measures.

U.S. pork producers recognize their moral and ethical obligation to provide for the humane treatment of their animals. This isolated incident on one farm in Ohio does not reflect the humane standards the pork industry follows in caring for its animals. Mistreatment of animals is appalling to pork producers just as it is to others. We do not defend and will not accept such mistreatment.

The U.S. pork industry takes the well-being of its animals very seriously and offers many education-certification programs for producers and their employees. The Trucker Quality Assurance Program, for example, teaches proper pig handling and transport practices, and the Swine Welfare Assurance Program includes on-farm assessments that help producers identify areas of production that need to be addressed before they become problems. The industry soon will launch the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program to further enhance the care and well-being of pigs on all farms. This program has the support of leading animal scientists, veterinarians and retail customers. Measuring the standards of care on all farms is one way to help ensure that all animals in the pork industry continue to receive humane care and handling.

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