Dr. Stephanie Cottee is leaving the Ontario Pork Marketing Board where she worked on animal welfare protocols and is joining Maple Leaf Foods Inc. to address animal and poultry welfare issues for the meat processor.
It’s another indication that animal welfare issues are gaining traction with the public and meat processors are becoming more proactive.
Hog packers have been under intense political pressure to refuse to source hogs from farms that use crates to house gestating sows. Most in the U.S. and Canada have agreed to a deadline of 2017.
Cottee is filling a new position - Leader, Animal Wellness.
She worked for the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board before she was hired by Ontario Pork.
Dr. Cottee has a PhD in farm animal behaviour and welfare and a Master of Science in farm animal behaviour and welfare from the University of Guelph.
She was a sessional professor at Guelph and holds B.Sc. degree in zoology from the University of Toronto.