Brussels/Copenhagen. 29 April 2015
FOUR PAWS welcomes this strong political common will to improve pig welfare in the EU
Yesterday, during the International Conference on Pig Welfare taking place in Copenhagen, a joint position paper requesting the revision of Council Directive 2008/120/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs has been signed by Ministers from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.
Already in December 2014, the agricultural ministers of Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark have committed themselves into a joint declaration to improve animal welfare in Europe, and to update the EU legislation with the last scientific improvements. The yesterday’s declaration on pig welfare, is a first step in reaching the goals fixed in 2014.
In particular, the three ministers, joined by the Sweden Minister, are asking for : the reduction of the number of tail docked pigs, no castration without anesthesia, mandatory group housing systems for all pregnant sows and further developments of loose-housing for sows in the farrowing pen.
The agricultural Danish Minister Dan Jørgensen, also former MEP, declared: “A pig is an intelligent sentient being, and should be treated as such”.
Following this joint declaration, the Commission is encouraged to initiate further studies on this subject, and subsequently draw up guidelines.
Please find the position paper here: Pig position paper 29.04.2015
More on the 2014 Animal Welfare Declaration here: http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/joint-declaration-on-animal-welfare/
Website of the IPW Event: http://www.ipwc2015.dk/