RSPCA does not agree with crate law
The Australian animal welfare organisation
RSPCA does not agree with the new legislation allowing pig producers
to continue the use of sow stalls.
The Primary Industries Ministerial
Council (PIMC) accepted a draft of the proposed model code of practice that will allow sow
stalls to be used for a maximum period of six weeks, to be implemented over ten
RSPCA Australia chief scientist Dr Bidda Jones
said before the PIMC meeting that it was a chance for
governments to act decisively to prevent cruelty to pigs - by phasing
out the stalls altogether.
"The RSPCA is opposed to the use of sow stalls because they place extreme
restrictions on the movement and behaviour of sows."
According to the
industry's own figures, 68% of farmers in Australia already comply with the
proposed code in terms of their use of sow stalls.
The use of gestation crates is being discussed at
several places in the world. In the EU, all sow stalls have to disappear before
January 1st, 2007.
In the USA, sow stalls have been forbidden in
several states now. In addition, Smithfield and Maple Leaf have announced to
phase out sow stall use.
Related news item:
â€¢ Aussie pig farmers to change stalls before 2017 (23 April
â€¢ Royal Societies for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
â€¢ Maple Leaf
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