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Pig welfare set for improvement

Some 22 new initiatives hope to improve conditions of industry as more antibiotics show up at Jutland farms


This little piggy won't be crying wee, wee, wee all the way home thanks to a new animal welfare plan (Photo: Colourbox)

June 26, 2014
16:52

by Nanna G Vansteelant


Danish pigs look set to improve today when Food Minister Dan Jørgensen presents 22 initiatives aimed at raising the standards of animal welfare at pig farms.

Around 25,000 pigs die every day on Danish pig farms from tail docking, castration without sedatives and the stress induced by tying up sows. Jørgensen aims to stop this with a new action plan that will benefit pigs, farmers and consumers.

“We have found a number of solutions for some of the major animal-welfare problems, and they won’t affect the farming economy,” he said in a press release. 

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Jørgensen added that by 2018, castration without sedatives will become illegal. In the meantime, he implores animal-lovers to buy the pork of non-castrated pigs, which will be available in Danish supermarkets next year

“Consumers will have the opportunity to raise animal welfare when they choose pork chops in the supermarket,” he said.

Irresponsible farmers use illegal antibiotics
In other news, 50 kilos of illegal broad-spectrum antibiotics have been found in a single pig-population on one of Jutland’s many pig farms.

Tetracyclin is not approved for animal treatment as it can develop antibiotic resistance, but eight Jutland farms (and counting) have been caught using it, according to Ingeniøren.

The discovery was made by a team of vets sent out by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to make sure the laws are being upheld.

Per Henriksen, the veterinary director at the administration, is concerned about the irresponsibility displayed by pig farmers

“They risk putting food safety and the export of Danish pork in jeopardy when they gamble with the illegal import of medicine.”

According to Ingeniøren, the Veterinary and Food Administration has reported the medicinal importers to the Danish police and banned slaughtering at the eight farms. 



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