Workshop on pig welfare: ‘multi stakeholder approach needed’

07-06-2010 | |

A workshop on ‘Pig welfare – castration of piglets’ was held on Wednesday 2 June in Brussels, Belgium.

More than 100 participants attended the meeting, organized by European Commission – DG SANCO. Stakeholders from Ministries/Competent Authorities of the EU Member States, NGOs and Animal Welfare Organizations, Industry, Retails Associations and Universities participated in the works.
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The participants discussed the results of research projects and studies, on current trends and consumers’ attitudes and demands, as well as on alternatives to castration.
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At the end of the meeting, Mr A. Gavinelli (DG Sanco – Chairman of the Workshop) stated that multistakeholder approach is needed and he called for volunteers to work together in order to create a “ Brussels Declaration” about Pig Welfare – Castration of piglets.
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Many stakeholders, among them FVE and UEVP, responded to this proposal and joined the initiative.
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