With the European Pigs Directive up for review shortly, compassion in World Farming is campaigning for a ban on the cruel sow stalls
throughout the whole of Europe.
The sow stalls
consisted of metal bar frames, built into the concrete floor; 235 cm in length and 60 cm in width with a gate at both ends.
have been completely banned in the UK since 1999 and the new law will prevent them being used for the majority of the animal's pregnancy.
She said that while animal welfare campaigners have been very successful in raising awareness of conditions suffered by battery chickens, the plight of pigs reared in small cages or sow stalls
is still unknown to many.
Then there's the tide of warnings in the trade press; one editorial in Western Producer noted, "You'd have to have rocks in your head to build a new sow barn with gestating sow stalls
Nine countries a- Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Portugal - were warned by the European Commission, on 21 February, for failing to apply new EU rules concerning the welfare of animals, specifically the legislation on sow stalls
The EU are set to ban sow stalls
, the cramped metal pens in which pigs give birth.
Experts warn the cost will rocket by 20% as supplies of pork plummet and farmers forced to axe sow stalls
go out of business.
A EU-wide ban on sow stalls
, where pigs are farmed in cages, is expected to lead to a cut in production by between five and 10 per cent.
June 18 2010 - Intentionally or not, the Tasmanian Government's decision today to go it alone in bringing forward a ban on sow stalls
, three years ahead of the rest of Australia, would destroy the Tasmanian pork industry's competitiveness, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) said today.
The celebrity chef has condemned the use of the metal sow stalls
Since January 1999, UK pig farms have been the only ones in Europe where sow stalls
and tethers are banned (stalls and tethers restrict the animal's movement).