On October 12th, Zhejiang Qinglian Food Co. Ltd formally promised to eliminate its use of crates for sows, expand its welfare breeding bases for sows and finishing pigs, and advocate a welfare-focused breeding model, enhancing the welfare standard for more than 1,000,000 pigs.
This is the first Chinese pig-breeding enterprise to make a public promise about welfare farming. This foresees a hot trend for the adoption of a new, more humane breeding model in the entire Chinese pig industry.
This has huge implications, as China is the world’s biggest consumer and producer of pork, farming more than half of the world’s pigs. The traditional intensive farming method also faces various challenges, especially regarding the well-being of live pigs in the breeding, transportation, and slaughtering processes. Moreover, studies have shown a steady increase in domestic consumers’ demand for high-welfare pork products. From this, we can optimistically predict that enhancing animal welfare will be the future dominant trend for the livestock industry.
Lately, more and more companies, under the encouragement of World Animal Protection, have joined Qinglian in the effort to improve animal welfare. Among these are China’s Da Bei Nong Group, Thailand’s Betagro, and Brazil’s BRF, which have all publicly declared its commitment to adopt welfare breeding and enhance the living conditions of livestock.
Written by Riley Peng.
Info obtained from World Animal Protection.
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