SPCA: SA poultry code ‘inhumane’

2011-02-23 00:00

THE National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) yesterday announced its withdrawal of support of the SA Poultry Industry’s Code of Practice of 2001.

The organisation said that while it has given qualified support to the organisation over the years, recent “unsavoury” incidents within the industry have caused disillusionment, prompting a withdrawal of its support.

Aspects of the code that the SPCA finds inhumane are the systems of intensive farming and intensive production methods and the promotion of freezing unhatched eggs. SPCA described freezing unhatched eggs as a way of destroying the eggs that have not hatched in time.

The decision was also prompted by incidents in the past year where unhatched eggs and chicks were dumped, twice at garbage sites and on one occasion at the hatchery itself, the NSPCA added.

In a statement Grace de Lange of the NSPCA said: “Until those changes have been made, we are not prepared to be associated with the industry as some of its practices are inhumane.”

She said the NSPCA can no longer condone a code that is industry-focused.

“The NSPCA works towards humane methods, animal-friendly production and a better life for animals. We cannot have our name associated in any way with a code or industry that works in the opposite direction — to the detriment of animals.”

The organisation called for the standards to be set through an independent body.

Kevin Lovell of SA Poultry Industry said they were disappointed with the SPCA’s decision.

“We are in the process of redrafting our code and the SPCA was participating in that process.”

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