Pig gestation stalls (sow crates) will be phased out by December 2015, Agriculture Minister David Carter announced today. He made the announcement at the release of the Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code of Welfare 2010 at Parliament today.
The use of sow stalls on New Zealand pig farms will be limited to four weeks after mating in 2012, and prohibited by the end of 2015. "The growing unease of many New Zealanders about the use of sow stalls, which I share, made it clear that change was necessary. The science also supports this," says Mr Carter. "The reality is, worldwide there is increasing opposition to highly intensive systems of pig farming and New Zealand has a role to play in leading the way."
New Zealand Pork chairman Chris Trengrove said his organisation supported the phasing out and would collaborate with the Government and the National Animal Welfare Committee to help farmers. The change would give New Zealand pork producers an opportunity to differentiate themselves against global competitors, he said. However, it was likely to cost pig farmers more than $20 million over the phase out period, he said. "This initiative will need to see our farmers paid higher prices for locally produced pork, bacon and ham."
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fuck thats bullshit if they even gave half a fuck about the animals they would phase them out asap
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