23 November 2010

Australia pig industry moves to phase out sow stalls

A decision announced Nov 17th at Australian Pork Limited’s AGM initiates a plan to phase out sow stalls by 2017. The APL’s statement on its decision cited “a growing unrest among customers about the industries use of gestation stalls."

Animals Australia, Australia’s second largest animal protection organization, welcomed the decision but stated that it will campaign to move the date forward.

Animals Australia’s executive director Glenys Oogjes has stated “These cruel devices are causing suffering to animals now and will continue to do so every minute animals remain confined in them."

There were a number of pig producers who voted against this decision and there are concerns about their willingness to comply by 2017. The wording in the decision states “pursue the voluntary phasing out of gestation stalls by 2017," leaving a loophole for any opposed pig producer to not remove their stalls.

You can view Animal Australia’s national public awareness campaign and see their television commercial for more info.

How you can help pigs on a global level:

• Request and demand sow-stall-free pork

• Australians should urge Australian importers to adopt a sow-stall-free policy

• The best thing to do is to not eat pork, take the Pro Pig Pledge

• Check out cruelty free alternatives, and show off some pig free recipes

This is one small victory for living with compassion for all animals. Hopefully it resonates with people on a global scale and the momentum will build.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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