Canadian doubts about gestation crate bans
The Canadian Pork Council fears that cancelling the use of gestation crates
could impair pig welfare rather than help it.
Florian Possberg, first vice president of the Canadian Pork Council and the
CEO of Big Sky farms expressed his worries
in an interview
"When I started producing hogs in 1975 all my sows were in group housed pens
and we went to stalls because we really believed it was superior for the animals
in terms of properly feeding the animals to meet their needs and to prevent
aggression between animals and so on," he said.
"We believed and still do that gestation stalls have a lot of value in terms
of animal welfare," he continued
"The general public just doesn't accept that so there's some realities
Do we have alternative housing that is going to improve the welfare of our
animals or are we going to end up seeing some compromises to the housing of our
animals and the animal welfare reality?"
Changes should be made, he said, to enhance the animals' welfare and not for
month both Smithfield Foods and Maple Leaf decided to phase out gestation crates
in their pig production sites. Smithfield decided to do so after years of
studying had revealed that loose sow housing does not affect the sow's
In Europe, gestation crates have to be disappeared by January 1, 2013.
Related news items:
Maple Leaf cancels sow gestation crates
â€¢ Smithfield ends use of gestation crates
(26 Jan 2007)
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