New footage taken with hidden cameras has been obtained from Excelsior Hog Farm. An undercover investigator responsible for obtaining that footage has since revealed their identity to the SPCA and is hoping to see charges laid. The BCSPCA confirmed that they received the new footage, and re-opened the animal cruelty case on Excelsior hog farm.
Animal Cruelty Lawyer Anna Pippus states:
“British Columbia animal protection law prohibits causing or permitting an animal to be, or to continue to be, in distress. Additionally, Canadian federal law prohibits wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals.
“The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, published by the National Farm Animal Care Council, establishes standards for pig farming. These standards are recognized by BC law as reasonable and generally accepted farming practices.
“According to the Code of Practice:
– pigs must not be handled aggressively. Kicking pigs is expressly prohibited.
– electric prods must only be used as a last resort and never as the primary driving device. They must be restricted to the back and hind quarters on lead pigs.
– handlers must be competent in low-stress pig handling methods.
– hygienic conditions are required for minor surgeries known as “husbandry procedures” (e.g. castration, tail docking and ear notching).
– castration and tail docking may be performed only with analgesics.
– ear notching must only be performed when necessary.
– sick pens should have bedding, especially for animals who are lame, and should provide easy access to water and food.
– sick and injured pigs must be monitored with appropriate frequency, at least daily.
– facilities are required to be maintained in hygienic conditions.”