Back in 2001 a Directive was adopted in the EU to ban individual sow stalls in order to improve the welfare of pigs by moving all breeding pigs into group housing systems. The ban on individual sow stalls is due to come into force on 1st January 2013. This is under a year away and many pig producers have much to do before the ban begins.
Individual sow stalls restricts the movement of sows in such a way that they are unable to turn around for their entire pregnancy (four months). HSI tells us;
"These intelligent, inquisitive animals are practically immobilised, unable to express their natural range of complex social, foraging, and exploratory behaviour. The barren stalls also lead to behavioural and health problems such as bar biting, foot and leg disorders, and infections."
If this legislation is properly implemented the lives of thousands of pigs can be improved enormously, please sign this petition addressing Commissioner Dalli urging him to ensure this Directive is fully implemented throughout the EU in good time BEFORE the deadline.
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