The We Care® Responsible Pork Initiative

The We Care® Responsible Pork Initiative

 

Every day, the efforts of pig farmers and all those associated with pork production on Iowa farms and those across America demonstrate care and concern for how pork is produced. The adoption of a statement of ethical principles calls attention to farmers’ responsibilities to uphold the highest standards and maintain the public’s trust. By affirming these principles, America’s pig farmers acknowledge their commitment to:

  1. Producing Safe Food
  2. Protecting and Promoting Animal Well-being
  3. Ensuring Practices to Protect Public Health
  4. Safeguarding Natural Resources in all of our Practices
  5. Providing a Work Environment that is Safe and Consistent with our other Ethical Principles
  6. Contributing to a Better Quality of Life in our Communities

Producing Safe Food

  • Use management practices consistent with producing safe food
  • Manage the health of the herd to produce safe food
  • Manage technology to produce safe food


Protecting and Promoting Animal Well-being

  • Provide feed, water and an environment that promotes the well-being of our animals
  • Provide proper care, handling and transportation for pigs at each stage of life
  • Protect pig health and provide appropriate treatment, including veterinary care when needed
  • Use approved practices to euthanize, in a timely manner, those sick or injured pigs that fail to respond to care and treatment

Ensuring Practices to Protect Public Health

  • Use management practices consistent with producing safe food
  • Manage the use of animal health products to protect public health
  • Manage manure and air quality to protect public health

Safeguarding Natural Resources
in all of our Practices

  • Manage manure as a valuable resource and use in a manner that safeguards air and water quality
  • Manage air quality from production facilities to minimize the impact on neighbors and the community
  • Manage our operations to protect the quality of natural resources

Providing a Work Environment that is Safe and Consistent with our other Ethical Principles

  • Provide a work environment that promotes the health and safety of employees
  • Educate employees on the Ethical Principles for U.S. Pork Producers and prepare them to meet their obligations consistent with these principles
  • Provide a work environment where employees are treated fairly and with respect

Contributing to a Better Quality of Life
in our Communities

  • Recognize that being welcomed and appreciated by the community is a privilege that must be earned and maintained
  • Acknowledge that our practices affect the trust our community has in pork production and our operations
  • Operate in a manner that protects the environment and public health
  • Play an active role in helping to build a strong community
  • Acknowledge community concerns and address them in an honest and sincere manner

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