Posts Tagged 'Manitoba Pork Council'

AIC is going to lay low over the summer and come back revamped by fall.  Here are two unmitigated downers to mull over in the meantime.

Statistics . . .

On Friday, Manitou RCMP went to the property in the RM of Lorne. Officers discovered as many as 500 dead pigs, along with about 160 that were so sick that they had to be put down. Many of the animals were found living without proper food, water or ventilation.

 RCMP said evidence of “severe neglect” was observed. About 2,000 animals were rescued.

. . . tragedy.

I’m very sad to say that Sunny also had to be put down recently. Sunny was surrendered to the shelter back in August 2009, and he was a super-sweet, cuddly older boy. He was finally adopted in December, only to be returned two months later. He was clearly depressed to be back in the shelter, and his awesome personality quickly disappeared. He stayed in the corner, not moving, not interested in people. And then recently, he started biting people when they tried to pet him. Four months had passed since he’d been returned, it was clear no one was going to adopt him, he was depressed and he was going to hurt someone.

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Eye on costs

Manitoba hog producers worried about costs of changes to building codes.

The activist group Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals supports stricter industry-wide building codes, saying thousands of animals have died over the years in hog barn fires.

But while the animal rights group says contemplated changes to the code don’t go far enough — Manitoba’s hog producers say while they’re to make changes, they also have to keep an eye on costs.

“If we put the cost too high then you’re going to put the producers out of business,” said Manitoba Pork Council chairman Karl Kynoch.

Coincidence

Two stories from Manitoba published on May 7.  One on the disappearance of hog barns . . .

Karl Kynoch, chair of the Manitoba Pork Council, says although the mass exodus has slowed up, now it’s the tearing down of the barns themselves that’s alarming.

“We’ve gone through the worst economic crisis in the history of the hog industry, so some of the reasons are for financial reasons,” Kynoch said. “Producers don’t want to pay the taxes or insurance on facilities that they may never see filled again, so they’re tearing them down.”

. . . and another on the disappearance of a hog barn.

The massive hog barn fire near Zhoda, south of Steinbach, on Friday was at least the fourth large hog barn blaze within a 10 mile radius over the past 2 years. 7,500 animals were killed at Sandy Pines farm on Friday. The barns were owned by Provista.

5,000 animals were killed at Hytek’s Silverado operation in a fire in May of 2008. A month later, 7000 hogs died in a fire at Blue Ribbon swine farm near Zhoda. In July of 2009, 7500 animals perished in a blaze at Four Pines farm, also near Zhoda.

With thanks to Twyla Francois of Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals.

Pig pragmatism

University of Manitoba prof on pigs.

I advocate for animal rights from a very pragmatic philosophical position. I simply want animals out of cages, granted the ability to move around and check things out. We all die; we should all get to lie in the sun and explore the shade sometimes.

The Manitoba Pork Council, which helps fund the faculty of agriculture’s research centres, is a proponent of industrial pork production and heavy pork exports. In my opinion, the faculty of agriculture’s department of animal science is too bound up with the pork industry. As part of an institution of critical thinking, they should hold industry at an arm’s length and work independently from it, even if only occasionally. Instead, Manitoba Pork Council and Faculty of Agriculture work closely together. See Manitobapork.com for information about their exports and contributions to the U of M. It’s all there.


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