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“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

New program for dairy producers aims to reassure consumers

ProAction replaces the Canadian Quality Milk program by adding 
components for animal care and environmental sustainability

Dairy producers are revamping the Canadian Quality Milk program by adding protocols for animal care, on-farm food safety, traceability, biosecurity, and environmental sustainability. The new national accreditation program, called ProAction, was designed with consumers in mind, said Mike Slomp, industry and member services manager with Alberta Milk. “ProAction is about the social licence to operate, […] Read more


The latest undercover video by animal rights group Mercy for Animals Canada was taken at
Western Hog Exchange’s Red Deer facility.

Officials at Red Deer hog facility vow animal abuse won’t happen again

Western Hog Exchange chair says he doesn’t like animal rights group’s tactics 
but says its undercover video will result in ‘very positive changes’

The Western Hog Exchange has one message for the pork industry in the wake of animal abuse allegations at its Red Deer facility. “What we saw is not acceptable,” said Brent Moen, chairman of the farmer-owned exchange. “We’re introducing changes, and we’re taking responsibility for this. And we will make improvements to our process.” An […] Read more