Formed in 1992, today they are Australia's largest outdoor pig producer. The Otway Pork brand was introduced in 2001 and touts "bred free range". While parent pigs and their babies are free to roam outdoors, at three of four weeks of age the piglets are weaned and kept indoors.
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Animal Liberation Victoria uncovered animal cruelty and filthy living conditions at this company's operations during 14 months of investigations of RSPCA Approved Farms. Not one of the "five freedoms" animals are entitled to under the RSPCA's Approved Farming Scheme were being met.
Source: RSPCA (2013)
In 2013 the RSPCA was forced to drop its endorsement of Otway Pork products and remove its Paw of Approval from the brand after receiving evidence of systematic animal abuse uncovered by Animal Liberation Victoria.
Source: RSPCA (2013)
Some criticism that the label is misleading and open to abuse by producers. 'Bred free range' piglets are born outdoors, to mothers that live in the open, but once weaned (at about three weeks) and then housed inside and unable to range for the 16-18 weeks before slaughter. The mothers are however spared confinement in farrowing crates which many people believe to be the most inhumane aspect of intensive pig farming.
Source: Choice article (2008)
In September 2015 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accepted court enforceable undertakings from this company after investigations found that it had engaged in misleading conduct by labelling pork products as 'bred free range'. Between July 2000 and December 2014, Otway Pork promoted its products as 'bred free range'. The pigs used for these pork products were in fact born outdoors but raised indoors to straw based shelters from the age of approximately 21 days.
Source: ACCC (2015)
|Address||21 Benn Court, Derrimut, VIC, 3030, Australia|
|Phone||03 9394 0999|
|Fax||03 9394 1810|
|Freecall||1800 644 166|
Products / BrandsOtway Pork
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