Denmark shocked by pig transports
Danish pig exports were halted for 24 hours this week
as allegations about pigs being transported in very bad animal health conditions
have shocked the country.
Peter GÃ¦melke, chairman of the Danish Farmers' Union and president of the
Danish Agricultural Council, called for a 24-hour stop for all transport of live
pigs after two revelations on bad animal welfare conditions were made public
He called the incidents 'completely
Last week, Danish media
broadcaster DR reported on pigs being transported to Latvia and Belarus without
food and water; moreover they were said to have been subject to physical
In addition, it was revealed that the company in question had
lost its right to export due to previous animal welfare issues. However, it
simply obtained a Polish permit to get around this problem.
revelations already caused an immediate Danish ban on live pig exports out of
Last weekend, another programme
reported on pigs having died on their way to Russia as a consequence of a lack
of feed, water and straw bedding.
Reactions were fierce everywhere.
The European Commission spoke out against Danish companies that have been
flagged up for violating European Union legislation during
â€¢ Danish Agricultural
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