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Pigs free at last!

Animal-protection organizations applaud Maple Leaf’s announcement

(TORONTO – January 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 that it will 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.

The Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals is Canada’s largest farm animal protection organization.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals, the world’s largest animal-protection organization, works to prevent cruelty to animals and improve animal welfare. WSPA’s animal protection work includes field projects, disaster management, education and training, awareness and advocacy campaigns.

Media Contacts:

John Youngman, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, (204) 294-2940
Celecia Partap, Media Manager, WSPA (416) 369-0044 ext. 106