Today’s industrial food production means that billions of farm animals suffer in Europe every year and since its inception Eurogroup's aim has been to highlight their plight and to campaign vigorously for legislation. Animals used for food are not just agriculture products but sentient beings. From the point of birth to the slaughterhouse they need to be treated accordingly.
European Pig Castration Campaign
About 150 million pigs are farmed in the EU every year, making EU the world’s largest exporter of pig meat and one of its largest producers. Special attention and action is therefore needed to improve pig welfare.
About the issue
Problems with pigs’ welfare issues are numerous however, one of the worst practices still applied on a very large scale is surgical castration. Each year approximately 100 million pigs are castrated in EU. Most are castrated without use of anaesthesia or analgesia. In 2010, the ’European declaration on the Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Pigs’ also known as the ’Brussels Declaration’ was set up to stop piglet castration. 24 signatories, all important and influential stakeholders signed this pledge to end surgical castration of pigs by 2018.
What is the current situation
We are 4 years from this goal and very little has happened. Signatories and member states are not living up to their commitments and therefore Eurogroup for Animals together with key countries and BOARS2018 have decided to launch a country-by-country campaign to end this cruelty.
Eurogroup, its members societies and partners will be working hard to push for much better enforcement and to drive improvements. It is now imperative that all stakeholders remain committed to the principles of the Declaration and deliver results.
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