New guidelines aim to stop swine abuse
At a recent meeting the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Pig Welfare Committee established minimum guidelines for veterinarians and producers to use when penning a policy statement against abuse.
The guidelines, which are meant to be adapted for individual producers, include:
• Animal husbandry carries an intrinsic moral/ethical obligation to animal well-being.
AASV states such a policy, shared with all employees, but particularly the animal caretakers, should not only prohibit animal abuse, but require management be notified if abuse is witnessed, according to a media release.
Some of examples of policy statements currently in use are provided on the AASV Web site.
"The committee urges veterinarians working with swine producers to encourage and support the development and adoption of policy guidelines to reinforce the animal cruelty concerns of everyone in swine production," according to AASV.