Thank you for your interest in the proposed amendments to the Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs. Proposed amendments will be available for review and comment according to the following schedule:

Public Comment Period launch date: September 21, 2020
Closing date for comments: November 19, 2020
Status: Open for review and comments

The proposed amendments were agreed upon by a multi-stakeholder committee following the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code amendment process. This is your chance to let us know your thoughts on the proposed amendments.

Unlike a Code update (where the entire Code is open to possible revisions), a Code amendment has a limited scope, relating to a limited set of topics or sections of the Code of Practice. Subsequent to the pig Code’s 5-year Code review, five specific amendments are being proposed within the following sections:

Section 1.1.2 - Gestating Gilts and Sows
Section 1.1.6 - Boars
Section 1.2.1 - Sow Space Allowances
Section 3.4.1 - Recognizing Sickness Behaviour
Section 4.2 - Stockmanship Skills Related to Animal Welfare

More information on Codes and the development process is available at


After you read this short introduction, click “Next” to begin your review. Five proposed amendments are provided, followed by a comment box. Proposed amendments are shown as either additions in red or strikethrough of text. The Code Amendment Committee will only consider feedback on proposed amendments (i.e., additions in red or strikethrough of text). Any other comments may be collected for future consideration during a full Code update (envisioned for 2024).

You may comment on all proposed amendments sections or only ones of interest to you. After you have made your comments you can choose to leave a general comment, or choose to be taken to the last page so you can submit your input.

TIP: Use the "Prev" or "Next" buttons to navigate. Do not use the back button on your browser.

TIP: Ensure your feedback is specific, provides a rationale, and, whenever possible, includes alternative wording or suggestions for how to address your concern.

Please be polite.
Submissions that include profanity or derogatory or threatening language will not be considered. NFACC may exclude submissions that are inconsistent with the spirit or intent of the Public Comment Period.
You may download the current Code to review before providing feedback; however, feedback on the proposed amendments will only be accepted through this online system.   
If you do not have enough time to provide your comments, you can click “Exit” (top right hand corner of each page) and return at a later time through the web link or by bookmarking this page. Feedback can only be submitted once from any given computer (i.e., IP address).

Following the Public Comment Period, the Code Amendment Committee will consider the feedback, revise the draft if deemed necessary, and submit a final Code to NFACC. The amended Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs is slated to be released by December 2020.