Dutch agree on anaesthetised pig castration
An agreement on anaesthetised castration of pigs is
being drawn-up between various pig industry representative associations in the
In an article in the Dutch newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad, the LTO,
NVV, COV, CBL and the Dutch society for protection of animals are currently
working on a framework to respond to the request by the CBL (Central Office for
the Food Industry) that as of January 1, 2009, only meat from pigs that have
been castrated under anaesthetic can be sold.
"The topics discussed at the negotiations between all parties will not be
revealed yet," said Annechien ten Have, Chairwoman of the LTO (Dutch Agriculture
Wyno Zwanenburg of the NVV (Dutch
Association of Pig Producers), emphasised the fact that the agreement must
contain a clause compensating the extra costs incurred by pig farmers and that
the farmers should be in a position to be able to anaesthetise the pigs
He stated further that "lidocaÃ¯ne injections, which are administered by a
vet, are not useful as the animals experience much pain afterwards".
In addition, he called for a quicker
development of a CO2-anaesthetic, which can be easily applied on the farmyard
and discussions about safeguards to be honoured by the pig producers and the
retail industry. Such safeguards require both the pig producers to assure that
their meat has come from pigs castrated under anaesthetics and the supermarkets,
in turn, must confirm that this is in fact true. The LTO and the NVV are in
agreement on this issue.
The Animal Sciences Group at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands is
currently carrying out a study on CO2-anaesthetics.
â€¢ LTO (in Dutch)
â€¢ NVV (in Dutch)
â€¢ CBL (in Dutch)
â€¢ COV (in Dutch)
â€¢ Dierenbescherming (in Dutch)
â€¢ Agrarisch Dagblad (in Dutch)
â€¢ Animal Sciences Group
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