In-Force legislation

Council Directive 2001/88/EC of 23 October 2001 amending Directive 91/630/EEC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs

Commission Directive 2001/93/EC of 9 November 2001 amending the Annex to Council Directive 91/630/EEC on the welfare of pigs

 Council Directive 2008/120/EC of 18 December 2008 laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs(replace and codifies Directive 91/630/EC and consolidates the standards which are already in force in a single text)



Since 1 January 2006 tethering sows and gilts has been prohibited

From 1 January 2003 the following requirements are applicable to holdings newly built or rebuilt

From 1 January 2013 the following provisions shall apply to all holdings.

  • Ban the use of individual stalls for pregnant sows and gilts during a period starting from 4 weeks after service to 1 week before the expected time of farrowing and the use of tethers,
  • Improve the quality of the flooring surfaces,
  • Increase the living space available for sows and gilts,
  • Allow the sows and gilts to have permanent access to materials for rooting,
  • Introduce higher level of training and competence on welfare issues for the stockmen and the personnel in charge of the animals,
  • Request new scientific advice in relation to certain issues of pig farming


Not anymore in-force legislation

Council Directive 91/630/EEC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs


Non legislative document

European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs