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2nd Global Webinar on Animal Welfare

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Workshop on alternatives to pig castration

in Brussels on 26 February 2015
08:30-17:30 (Belgium time: GMT+1)

The European Commission with support from the European Expert Group on alternatives to pig castration have the pleasure to invite you to a Workshop on the 26th February 2015 in Brussels.

This international workshop will contribute to the developments in the framework of the European declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs and is open to farmers, meat industry, retailers, scientists, decisions makers, veterinarians and animal welfare NGOs.

The program will provide the opportunity to consider the results of several recent scientific studies in this area. In different working groups you will be able to discuss and exchange knowledge with experts from the whole of the food chain on the way forward.

The workshop is free of charge. Registration is now closed.

View workshop agendapdf(558 KB) Choose translations of the previous link English (en) (updated to include links to the presentations used)

Webstreaming available for the conference


In 2011 at the invitation of the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency several EU main stakeholders agreed the European declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs. The main goal is to stop the surgical castration of pigs from 1st of January 2018 by voluntary agreement. Under current EU legislation minimum standards for the protection of pigs are provided by the Council Directive 2008/120/EC/.