Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals

Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals

January 31, 2007 13:46 ET

Pigs Fly Free At Last

Animal welfare organizations applaud Maple Leaf

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - The Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are elated at the announcement by Maple Leaf Foods to phase out sow gestation stalls at its company-owned operations over the next ten years.

The announcement comes on the heels of news last week that Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the U.S., will similarly be phasing out sows stalls over the next decade.

"This is the most significant farm animal welfare advance in Canadian history," says John Youngman, a Director of CCFA.

Most of Canada's 1.6 million mother pigs are confined for their entire lives in sow stalls: cages measuring just two feet wide by seven feet long. The cages are so small mother pigs cannot turn around.

"We congratulate Maple Leaf for listening to consumers and doing the right thing for animals," says Silia Smith, Regional Director of WSPA Canada. /For further information: Media Contacts:

John Youngman, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, (204) 294-2940

Celecia Partap, Media Manager, WSPA (416) 369-0044 ext.106

Contact Information

  • Celecia Partap, Media Manager, World Society for the Protection of Animals
    Primary Phone: 416-369-0044 ext. 106
    Secondary Phone: 416-526-4743
    Toll-Free: 800-363-9772