Canadian Pork Producers Worried By Building Codes

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CBC News reports updated building codes proposed by animal rights groups threaten the pork industry in Manitoba.

The Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals offered a building code requiring firewalls, alarms and sprinkler systems to protect hogs from barn fires. They want all new and renovated barns to meet their codes but producers see the high costs associated with the requirements.

Several hog operations have grown from small family operations. As operations grow, Manitoba’s Fire Commissioner, Chris Jones, is also concerned with the safety of the animals. "We are taking steps to ensure in the future that new buildings or buildings undergoing major renovations meet a minimum standard of code," Jones said.

The animal rights group wants any new codes put in place to apply to existing farms as well as new ones, requiring producers to retrofit existing buildings with their required additions.

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