Cruel farrowing crates should also be banned
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 5:30a.m.
By Deanna Harris
SAFE are calling the four-year phase-out of sow stalls a victory, but are disappointed that farrowing crates are excluded.
The Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code of Welfare 2010 will come into effect on Friday. It limits the use of sow crates to four weeks after mating by 2012, and prohibited by the end of 2015.
SAFE director Hans Kriek says for the past two decades the organisation has campaigned against factory farming practices, focusing on sow stalls and farrowing crates.
Agriculture Minister David Carter announced the code yesterday, and says those were concerns he shared.
“The growing unease of many New Zealanders about the use of sow stalls, which I share, made it clear that change was necessary; the science also supports this,” Mr Carter said.
While Mr Kriek welcomes the decision, there are some aspects SAFE are not so happy with.
“The five-year phase-out period still means that over 15,000 sows will continue to suffer in sow stalls until 2016.
“It is great to know sow stalls are finally going after so much lobbying and campaigning but we remain mindful that pigs are not yet free."
Mr Carter says the five-ear phase out will allow farmers to change their production systems and train staff in new management skills.
Now that sow stalls are banned, SAFE are focusing on the use of farrowing crates, which they say are just as cruel and used in 60 percent of the pig industry.
“Research shows these confinement systems are just as cruel as sow stalls," says Mr Kriek.
And it seems Mr Carter agrees.
“While the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee believes that the use of farrowing crates should also be phased out, it recognises this can only happen when alternative management systems and technologies are in place,” says Mr Carter.
Dry sow stalls are currently used in most countries – including the US, Canada and most of the European Union – but the Australian pork industry has recently voted to phase out the sow stalls by 2017.
The new code calls for the use of sow stalls after mating to be limited to four weeks by December 3, 2012, and a complete prohibition by the same date in 2015.
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28/01/2012 4:25:16 a.m.
Those farrowing crates that you say need to go, save the pig industry. even most farmers use them! because without those crates most of the off spring will be gone. the mother pig will eat them or role over on them. so if they goyou might as well say bye to pigs..
16/12/2010 9:21:26 p.m.
I would like to know why as of yesterday that a certain South canterbury free range farm marketing its own pork has failed to attain animal welfare accreditation under the new guidelines
8/12/2010 6:35:59 p.m.
Karen Zimmerman wrote:
Factory farming should be totally abolished. It is the most unnatural way to keep any being. Factory farming is just plain cruel and sick. Slavery was done away with for the very reasons that animals are fighting to be NOT factory farmed.
2/12/2010 10:04:49 p.m.
I think we should ban all bacon and eggs breakfasts because Pigs are dying and chickens are getting stretched. Xmas Hams are alright, I love Ham and tomato sammys.
2/12/2010 1:27:46 p.m.
the poor pigs are still confined in stall for most of the year. they will be in a sow stall for 4 weeks out of every 16. and that is not even counting the time spent in farrowing crates which is another 5 weeks per gestation.so pigs are still in crate for much of their lives. dont beleive the hype the nasty pork board says, they would sell their own grandmother if they could make money from it.
2/12/2010 11:26:06 a.m.
Yay, I am so happy about this progress, but the farrowing crates have got to go.
2/12/2010 9:54:32 a.m.
SAFE will go and eat the piglets before the mother does. What a stupid question Te Rina.
2/12/2010 4:52:34 a.m.
Te Rina wrote:
How does safe intend to deal with the fact that pigs eat anything including on occasion their own offspring? How does safe intend to deal with that fact?
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