Manitoba Pork Launches “Squeal on Pigs” Campaign

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Manitoba Pork, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba, and in collaboration with Manitoba’s agricultural sector, is launching the “Squeal on Pigs” campaign. Squeal on Pigs is designed to help raise awareness of the significant problem of invasive feral pigs in our landscape and to empower Manitobans to spot feral pigs on the landscape and report their movements. Movements can now be reported in line or toll free at 1-833-SPOT-PIG (1-833-776-8744).

“Manitoba Pork’s Squeal on Pigs awareness campaign is a great example of a proactive step the industry is taking to reduce the risk of disease transmission and protect the health and welfare of animals in the province,” said the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Working with Manitobans on this outreach initiative will help make the sector more resilient and sustainable for the future.

“It is essential that proactive measures are taken to protect the health of animals in our province’s pork industry, and that is why our government is pleased to have joined other supporters in investing in the project. eradication of invasive swine from Manitoba,” said Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek. Johnson. “Manitoba Pork’s new communications and awareness initiative is another tool to help bring early disease detection that leads to an effective response and ensures the continued well-being of the sector.”

“Our province is at an ecological and environmental crossroads when it comes to dealing with the threat of feral swine,” says Wayne Lees, Project Coordinator, Manitoba Invasive Swine Eradication Project. “Together with our partners in the provincial and federal governments, as well as Manitoba’s agricultural sector, we are committed to tracking, surveillance and eradication efforts that will effectively address the worrying growth in the swine population. wild in our province.

The goal of the Squeal on Pigs campaign is to identify where feral pigs are found in Manitoba, control their spread and remove as many pigs as possible from the landscape. Manitoba Pork works with Manitoba Agriculture and Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development, as well as other local and national organizations that have an interest in this issue. Over the next few weeks, advertisements and other materials will be released encouraging Manitobans to report the sightings using the helpline and website.

Manitobans are urged to report any evidence of feral pig sightings or signs of activity so that movements can be better tracked and eradication efforts can continue. Manitobans are also asked not to hunt feral pigs on their own, as hunting disperses feral pig populations over larger areas, changing travel patterns and hampering trapping efforts.

The Manitoba Invasive Swine Eradication Project was announced in January 2022 as a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Pork, with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion commitment from the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada that supports Canada’s agri-food and agricultural products sectors. This includes a $2 billion cost-shared commitment of 60% by the federal government and 40% by the provinces/territories for programs designed and delivered by the provinces and territories.

“Feral pigs are vectors for dozens of diseases, including those that would have a devastating impact on domestic pigs. We cannot allow feral hogs to take hold any further in our province and jeopardize not only our provincial hog industry, but also our provincial economy. also at risk,” says Rick Préjet, chair of the Manitoba Pork Council.

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