New animal welfare scheme for pigs launched in Spain

Spanish pork board Interporc has unveiled a new certified animal welfare seal, IAWS, to endorse good practices within the industry

The seal is expected to highlight performance in the pig sector in animal welfare and biosecurity, and will be the most demanding of the European Union and will position Spain as a benchmark, Interporc director Alberto Herranz said.

Mr Harranz said: “As one of the great international leaders, we have a duty to anticipate the demands of consumers and distributors, to offer transparency and a guarantee of commitment in animal welfare throughout of the entire life process of the animal.”

He said the IAWS regulation was “technically impeccable” as it had been created in collaboration with companies in the sector, certification, administration, scientists and experts in animal welfare, and was also endorsed by an independent scientific committee, as well as presented to large distribution companies and organisations for the protection and defence of animals.

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