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Tim Hortons has applauded the National Farm Animal Care Council's newly released "Pig Code," created by the Pig Code Development Committee.
In a statement, Tim Hortons said the new code represents a "significant advance forward in pig welfare."
"NFACC takes an engagement- and science-driven approach to improve farm animal care in Canada. In our view, we believe NFACC has made a considerable step forward for the welfare of pigs," Scott Bonikowsky, Tim Hortons' VP of Corporate Affairs, said in a news release.
The new code outlines requirements for sow housing that includes groups and individual pens.
Tim Hortons has also reiterated its commitment, made in May 2012, to eliminate current gestation stall practices for sows in its supply chain and for its suppliers to develop plans and timelines for phasing out those housing systems by 2022. At that time, the company plans to source pork exclusively from suppliers who have made a transition to alternative open or group housing, the release said.
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