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Fefchak voices concern over hog expansion

Virden area resident says pigs raised in factory-type situation are far removed from humane animal stewardship.
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Dear Editor,

re: Pork giant, Manitoba firm join forces; By: Gabrielle Piché (Wpg. Free Press). Monday, Jul. 24, 2023

WINKLER — An international pork industry giant and a Winkler-based company are joining forces — and spending millions — to increase production in Manitoba. On Monday, Winkler Meats and United States-based Johnsonville Group, known for its Johnsonville sausages, announced a $52.8 million expansion to Winkler Meats’ facility. They’re splitting the cost, ...

Born and raised on a farm, I appreciate the proper raising and care of swine. Pigs produced in a factory-type situation however, exist in conditions that are far removed from achieving humane animal stewardship status. 

Bad ideas and poor operating principles are very costly for the animals, our environment and society. Since being elected, as government in 2016, the Pallister and Stefanson regimes—through their Red Tape Reduction Act—have taken the cue to further expand the industry by discarding much of the legislation that had been put in place to protect our environment, Lake Winnipeg and our Manitoba water sources. 

I often think there are those who won’t be pleased with anything short of a regulatory footprint so light it will allow hog barns to be built on floating platforms in the middle of Lake Winnipeg.

Our children's future, the water sources, clean air and health are Human Rights.  Causes that are worth fighting for.



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