Animal Welfare Standards - Pigs
The Animal Welfare (Pigs) Regulations 2013
commenced on 1 July 2013.
These Regulations legislates most of the standards contained in the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Pigs, Third edition and make them legally enforceable. Most of the Regulations apply to all persons who keep pigs, not just commercial producers.
Note that in Tasmania, standard 4.1.5 of the Code does not apply and the confinement of sows in stalls is prohibited except in the following circumstances:
- Under veterinary direction
- Up to 10 days per oestrus cycle for the purpose of mating and for no more than 5 days following the final mating
- Up to 3 hours per day for the purpose of feeding, veterinary treatment or husbandry procedures, or cleaning of the sow's pen.
Note also that there are mandatory record-keeping requirements in relation to the use of sow stalls.
Persons keeping pigs should refer to the Regulations in order to determine their responsibilities under the law.
The Model Code provides plain-English guidance on most areas of the Regulations except the provisions relating to sow stalls. Australian Pork Limited has published a user-friendly and practical Companion Handbook to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs to assist pork producers in complying with the Model Code. It also provides practical advice on managing group housing.