WINNIPEG HUMANE SOCIETY CERTIFIED
The Winnipeg Humane Society Certified program promotes humane farming practices
that assure animals a decent quality of life. The WHS standards included:
- No hormones or antibiotics added to the feed. The inclusion of antibiotics in feed is standard practice in the pork
industry for promoting growth
and preventing disease in confined and crowded groups of animals.
- No chronic confinement of animals. The use of metal sow stalls is standard practice in the pork industry.
- Sufficient space for animals to live a more natural life. Most sows in Manitoba are confined for most of their
lives inside metal stalls just 2 feet
wide by 7 feet long.
- Animals must be housed on straw or other natural materials and have access to natural light. Manitoba's
large hog barns have steel or concrete floors with no straw, only slats to drain excrement into
- Must pass inspection by a member of the Independent Organic Inspectors Association, an international
body of professional farm
inspectors operating independently of the Winnipeg Humane Society. Canadian
regulations do not require animal welfare inspections of