Green
MEP calls on EU Agriculture Ministers to take urgent action for Europe’s farmed
pigs

 

Keith Taylor, Green
MEP for South East England, has called on Agriculture
Ministers across the EU to implement legislation that will improve the
lives of Europe’s pigs. In response to a question from Keith Taylor
MEP, the European Commission has recently revealed that 14 member states
will not be ready to comply with the 2013 legislation that will ban confining
pregnant pigs to sow stalls for their entire pregnancy.

 Keith said: "The Pigs
Directive gave EU farmers a generous 12 years to phase out this cruel farming
system, therefore there is no excuse that 14 member states are expected not to
be ready come January 2013. I have written to all the relevant Ministers
calling on them to take swift action to ensure their pig industry works towards
the EU ban and this important legislation is effectively implemented by January
2013".

 A sow stall is a
metal crate, which is so narrow that the pregnant pig cannot turn around and
can only stand up and lie down with difficulty. These individual crates prevent
nearly all natural activity and interaction with other pigs. Pig producers in
the UK have led the way in pig welfare by banning the use of sow stalls in
1999.

 Keith continued,
"Failure to act may result in illegal pig meat ending up on our shelves. This
is unfair to consumers, disadvantages those farmers who have invested in the
new law and of course lets down those pigs which the EU agreed to protect many
years ago."

 Keith has been actively lobbying for
the welfare of farmed pigs and in 2011 Keith wrote to the European Commission
calling for farrowing crates to be banned and wrote to all the major
supermarkets urging them to ensure all their pig products came from farms which
provide enrichment and do not routinely tail dock.

 For further
information on EU Pigs Directive visit: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/farm/pigs_en.htm

 

Take action for
Europe’s pigs

To join a campaign
for Europe’s pigs take part in Compassion in World Farming’s action: www.ciwf.org/projectpig

 To ensure you’re
eating pork, bacon, sausages, ham and gammon from pigs raised on higher welfare
farms, look for RSPCA-approved Freedom Food label, outdoor bred, outdoor
reared, free-range or organic on the pack.

 ENDS