Welfare: The state of Europe’s pigs

09-12-2008 | |

Compassion in World Farming (CWIF) has carried out an investigation into the state of pig farming across Europe.

The Europe-wide investigation into pig welfare claims to have met poor standards including evidence that European laws are frequently broken, even in several British farms despite UK claims of the highest welfare.

60 farms were visited across Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. “In general the situation of the pigs was very alike in all countries we visited,” explains Compassion in World Farming’s investigator. “The floors were bare, space was very little and the places very dirty. It’s horrifying to imagine that most of the meat sold in the supermarkets, restaurants and that we see in daily life from animals is being kept in these conditions.”

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