Pigs (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (PB7950)

Section 1 - Recommendations for all pigs


Handling

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870), Schedule 1, paragraph 30, states that:

No person shall apply an electric current to any animals for the purposes of immobilisation.

14. Pigs should be moved at their own pace. You should encourage them gently - especially around corners and where it is slippery underfoot. You should avoid too much noise, excitement or force. You must not put pressure on or strike at any particularly sensitive part of the body. Anything you use, such as pig boards and flat slap sticks, to guide the animals should only be used for that purpose and slap sticks must not have a sharp or pointed end. The use of electric goads on adult pigs should be avoided as far as possible. If goads are used you should always ensure that there is sufficient space for the pigs to move forward.
15. You should make sure that all floors and walkways are well maintained and provide a non-slip surface. The floor should not slope too steeply, as steeper slopes can cause leg problems.
The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003 No. 299), Schedule 6, Part II, paragraphs 4 and 5 state that:

4. No person shall tether or cause to be tethered any pig except while it is undergoing any examination, test, treatment or operation carried out for any veterinary purpose.

5. (1) Where the use of tethers is permitted in accordance with paragraph 4, they shall not cause injury to the pigs and shall be inspected regularly and adjusted as necessary to ensure a comfortable fit.

(2) Each tether shall be of sufficient length to allow the pigs to move as stipulated in paragraph 6 (2) [see the box above paragraph 47] and the design shall be such as to avoid, as far as possible, any risk of strangulation, pain or injury.

16. All stock-keepers must have access to easy to use and efficient handling systems. This is to allow you to routinely manage and treat the animals, and make sure that they are quietly and firmly handled.
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