SSPCA pig welfare award given to Gordon McKen

The Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) has honoured Scottish pig industry “champion” Gordon McKen, presenting him with an SSPCA third century medal in recognition of his focus on pig welfare.

Mr McKen, who has been involved in the Scottish pig industry over 25 years and has held several key roles during his career, is currently director of Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre, having recently retired from the position of chief executive of Scottish Pig Producers.

“In 2009, SSPCA launched its welfare assured scheme for Scottish pigs in conjunction with Quality Meat Scotland and one of the driving forces in making this a reality was Gordon McKen,” said the charity’s chief executive, Stuart Earley.

“He is someone who has focused on animal welfare throughout his career and SSPCA is delighted to award him its third century medal in recognition of his services to animal welfare in Scotland.”

The society’s third century medals reflect the fact that SSPCA was founded in 1839 and has been helping animals in Scotland for over three centuries.

Headline image shows Mr Earley (left) presenting Mr McKen with his medal.

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