“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 there.
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 political reasons.
Last 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 achievements.
In Europe, gestation crates have to be disappeared by January 1, 2013.