China is the largest producer of pig meat, chicken and eggs in the world. As production continues to increase so has understanding of the animal welfare concept over the last few years and more producers are engaged with the topic.
For the past few years, Compassion has been working with a government-backed organisation – the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) – in China to bring higher welfare practices into farm animal production.
Part of this programme has focussed on education, sharing information and conducting farm visits. The aim is to show Chinese producers how they can operate a higher welfare pig production system as a successful business, featuring key elements such as free-farrowing, enrichment with straw, and avoidance of mutilations such as tail docking or castration.
This work culminated with the launch of the Good Pig Production Awards in 2014 which recognises Chinese producers for improving pig welfare, food safety and environmental standards.
In November 2015, Compassion presented its second Good Pig Production Awards in London. Read more here.
Now in its third year the awards programme continues to encourage welfare improvements and commitments from pig producers.
Nearly 1 million pigs are now set to benefit from all of our Good Pig Production Award winners’ commitments and practices.
Over 90 million birds are now set to benefit from our winners’ policies and practices.