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Animal Health and Welfare (24-02-2011)

The Commission calls for endorsing the Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs

On 25 February 2011 the European Commission organises a meeting in Brussels to present the European declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs.

The Declaration aims to stop by voluntary agreement the surgical castration of pigs by 1 January 2018. The Declaration also calls for establishing a European partnership on pig castration in order to develop the necessary tools to reach this goal and to ensure that costs are fairly shared.

The Declaration and the European partnership will be presented to the participants (Member States' representatives, industry, farming organizations, animal welfare organizations).

During 2010, several representatives of European farmers, meat industry, retailers, scientists, veterinarians and animal welfare NGOs worked together to prepare the Declaration and they committed to a plan to voluntarily end surgical castration of pigs in Europe.

Professional organisations of the pig sector, from producers to retailers, will be encouraged to endorse the Declaration by signing it on the website of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers.

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