The National Pig Association said it was asked to confirm at a recent meeting with Defra that no British pig farmer was still using sow stalls
, which have been banned in the UK since 1999 and will be prohibited across the EU from 1 January 2013.
You can also write to the pork producer groups, such as Canada Pork Council, and the egg producer groups, such as Egg Farmers of Canada, asking that they phaseout the cruel confinement systems of sow stalls
and battery cages.
In sow stalls
, the female pigs are trapped, unable to even turn around, for their entire 16-week pregnancy and for pregnancy after pregnancy.
for dry sow and farrowing crates for lactating sows have been used for about the last 40 years in Taiwan.
But in sow stalls
they have to defecate where they stand.
New EU-wide rules on the use of sow stalls
, which come into force on 1 January 2013, will add an average of [pounds sterling]4 to the production costs of each pig - and are set to put an end to super-cheap European pork, producer organisation Bpex has warned.
are still a very popular form of gestation housing in Asia area, although they are being phased out in Europe as a result of concerns about sow welfare (SVC, 1997).
Meanwhile, concerns about compliance with the forthcoming EU ban on sow stalls
is better than had been expected, Defra said.
ONLY 10 EU nations are likely to be ready for the partial ban on sow stalls
when it comes into force in January next year, according to information obtained by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
In Europe, a pregnant sow typically spends her 16-week pregnancy confined in a sow stall
- often no more than a narrow metal cage where there is barely room to move or turn.
Ask thousands of pig farmers facing ruin because of the sow stall
and tether ban.
The industry has acted to voluntarily phase out sow stalls
, is investing heavily in pain relief solutions for certain husbandry practices and works cooperatively with the CSIRO to look at new ways to implement best practice and to strive towards continual improvement.
This follows the final warnings issued by the EC in March 2013 to nine countries, including Greece, threatening legal proceedings if they neglected to take action to implement the ban on sow stalls
The most egregious case at present relates to the ban on sow stalls
Farmers use sow stalls
to deal with feeding and aggression problems, but they are very constricting.