Farming of pigs
European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs
Invited by the Commission and the Belgian Presidency, representatives of European farmers, meat industry, retailers, scientists, veterinarians and animal welfare NGOs committed to a plan to voluntarily end surgical castration of pigs in Europe by 1 January 2018. As a first step, from 1 January 2012, surgical castration of pigs will be performed with prolonged analgesia and/or anaesthesia, if carried out.
A European partnership will be established to develop the tools to reach the goals and ensure that costs are fairly shared.
Please find here the declaration, the list of signatories and the press release:
The Commission ordered a study on the socio-economic implications of different aspects of farming weaners and pigs kept for fattening following the EFSA opinion on the subject.
Farming of ducks and geese
98/58/EC provides the main principles for
the protection of all species of animals kept
for farming purposes. It addresses the welfare
requirements to be applied for the protection
of animals kept for the different types of
production, including the production of foie
The Directive also
provides a legal basis for proposals for
Community measures in follow up to
Recommendations made under the "
Convention for the protection of animals kept
for farming purposes", if necessary for
their uniform application within the Community.
Recommendations on the farming of ducks and
geese, including the production of 'foie gras',
have been adopted in the framework of this
Convention in June 1999. If it proves to be
necessary, the Commission will submit to the
Council appropriate proposals for the uniform
application of the Recommendations in the
Response to the Petition on ducks - State aid
Response to the Petition on ducks - Group cages