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Professional pork producers are committed to animal welfare. Animals that are well cared for produce a high quality product. The industry invests considerable resources in training and innovation to ensure a high standard of welfare is adopted by pork producers. The Model Code of Practice (MCoP) for the Welfare of Pigs is intended as a guide for all people responsible for the welfare of pigs under intensive, outdoor or deep litter production systems. It recognised that the basic requirements for the welfare of pigs is a husbandry system managed by well trained and skilled stockpersons. The MCoP has been prescribed in the Animal Welfare (General) Regulations.
The introduction of Animal Welfare (Transport) Regulations in 2020 modified the application of codes of practice. Requirements for transporting pigs are prescribed by the Animal Welfare Land Transport Standards.