Taiwan campaigners seek better pig handling
Taiwanese Animal rights advocates yesterday called on
the government to take steps toward ensuring more humane treatment for pigs.
According to Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan director Chen Yu-min
more than NT$2 billion (US$65 million) has been spent on the implementation of
quality certification marks for pork products since 1981, but swine are still
treated inhumanely before, during and after slaughter.
The government has
established various certification systems, such as Certified Agricultural
Standards (CAS) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), that ensure the quality
of pork and assure consumers of acceptable slaughter practices, Chen told a
press conference, however, most pigs were still conscious when they were
slaughtered, breaching the government's guidelines that pigs be electrically
stunned prior to their death.
Chen argued that certification labels, such
as the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) or Taiwan Fresh Pork (TFP) are not
equal to certifications of origins.
"Out of the 5,800 park resellers in
Taiwan, only 300 of them have obtained the TFP certification label," she
stressed. TFP certification promoting refrigerated meat stalls has been in place
â€¢ Environment and Animal Society of
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