We treat our pigs well – SA pork producers

2014-08-13 18:40

Pig farming in South Africa is ethical and well-managed, says the SA Pork Producers’ Organisation (Sappo).

“Various comments the past few weeks – generated by the disclosures of how pigs are treated on certain farms in South Africa – have alluded to pigs being mistreated on all farms in the country,” said CEO Simon Streicher today.

“We would like to place on record that our members have all accepted Sappo’s code for the welfare of pigs and are compliant with the rules and regulations on the treatment and welfare of pigs on their farms.”

Sappo said it spoke on behalf of commercial pork producers in the country.

It said it served pork producers by co-operating within the organised agricultural fraternity and by liaising with various sectoral organisations, role players within the supply chain of the meat industry, government and international interest groups.

Last month, police and National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) inspectors found starving and dead animals on National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise’s farm near Potchefstroom.

About 85 live pigs had begun cannibalising 58 dead pigs, and were reportedly drinking their own urine.

Sheep, geese, goats, and ducks were also among the more than 100 dead animals. Many survivors had to be put down.

The NSPCA said it appeared the animals had been without water and food for a week, possibly two.

There were no farmworkers on the property, no electricity, and the water pumps were broken.

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