An advertising company and a French departmental prefect have taken down posters criticising the surgical castration of male piglets, in an effort to protect "public order"- Journal de l'Environnement reports .
85% of male pigs in France are castrated. The pigs' scrotums are cut open and their testicules removed, with no anaesthetic, when they are just a few days old.
This highly painful procedure is carried out to prevent boar taint, a bad smell or taste that can occur during the cooking of meat from uncastrated male pigs. And it was a poster campaign called "Couic", organised by the Welfarm association in Brittany and the department or the Sarthe, that caught the attention of the agricultural lobby: the campaign was simply censored.
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