SPCA rewards industry expert

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Scotland’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recognised the commitment of an individual for his dedication to animal welfare within the pig industry over the last 25 years.

Throughout his career in the Scottish pig industry, Gordon McKen has held several important roles. He was presented with a Scottish SPCA 3rd Century medal by Stuart Earley, the charity’s chief executive.

Although privileged to accept the honour, McKen recognised that it hasn’t always been an easy road. He said: “There have been challenges along the way, particularly in terms of the profitability of pig production in Scotland compared with other parts of the world, where welfare is less of a consideration.

“However, it has been a very rewarding journey to be part of. I am confident there are real opportunities ahead for the industry in Scotland and delighted to receive this award on behalf of the industry.”

Having recently retired from his position of chief executive of Scottish Pig Producers, McKen currently acts as the director of the Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre.

He has also been a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) board member, involved in the early stages of development and continued growth of quality assurance in the industry. His portfolio includes working closely with QMS on the Specially Selected Pork initiative, which was approved by Scottish SPCA.

During the award presentation, Earley praised McKen’s work within the industry.

“In 2009 the Scottish SPCA launched its welfare-assured scheme for Scottish pigs, in conjunction with QMS, and one of the driving forces in making this a reality was Gordon McKen,” he said.

“Gordon is someone who has focused on animal welfare throughout his career and the Scottish SPCA is delighted to award him its 3rd Century medal in recognition of his services to animal welfare in Scotland.”

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