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Pig Welfare Standards Now Compulsory in Victoria

by 5m Editor
25 January 2012, at 9:36am

AUSTRALIA - Pig welfare standards have been made compulsory in Victoria.

ABC reports that farmers have to meet requirements on things like food and water, how the pigs are housed and how they transported and slaughtered.

The standards apply to everyone who deals with pigs, including stock handlers, supervisors, managers and piggery owners.

Previously, the standards were only guidelines recommending how things should be done.

David Champness, from the Department of Primary Industries says it'll help the industry meet expectations on animal welfare.

"This allows us to make the standards enforceable," he says.

"But it also allows the industry under the Livestock Management Act to demonstrate that they're complying with minimum welfare standards through approved industry-based quality assurance programmes."