The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code development process was followed in the
development of this Code of Practice. This Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs replaces its
predecessor developed in 1993 and published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals.
They serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices.
Codes promote sound management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation and other
animal husbandry practices.
The Codes of Practice are the result of a rigorous Code development process, taking into account the
best science available for each species, compiled through an independent peer-reviewed process, along
with stakeholder input. The Code development process also takes into account the practical requirements
for each species necessary to promote consistent application across Canada and ensure uptake by
stakeholders resulting in beneficial animal outcomes. Given their broad use by numerous parties in
Canada today, it is important for all to understand how they are intended to be interpreted.
Codes of Practice have been developed for virtually all farmed animal species in Canada. NFACC’s
website provides access to all currently available Codes (www.nfacc.ca).