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The Western Hog Exchange has seen a sharp drop in unfit hogs being shipped since launching a zero-tolerance policy.

Crackdown on shipping unfit animals working

The Western Hog Exchange now seeing far less downers, 
but officials say even a few are too many

A crackdown on shipping unfit animals is paying off, says the chairman of the Western Hog Exchange. “I don’t have the statistics to back it up, but the general consensus is that we have seen a significant improvement in the animals coming to the plants,” Brent Moen said in an interview. The Red Deer hog […] Read more

“I don’t want to use a carrot and a stick, but frankly, if we can’t get significant change in attitude with a carrot, then we will move to introducing actions with a stick.” – Brent Moen

Western Hog Exchange to producers: Stop shipping injured animals

Chair Brent Moen says facility will now ‘walk the walk’ on animal care, and that 
includes cracking down on shipments of sick or injured animals

There’s no doubt in Brent Moen’s mind that Western Hog Exchange staff accused of animal welfare violations behaved inappropriately. “We were talking the talk, but not walking the walk,” said the chairman of the farmer-owned hog facility in Red Deer. “We had a significant disconnect between our procedure manual and actual implementation. We broke six […] Read more