Trojan pig used to back British pork

UK - Protesters took a wooden pig outside Blackburn town hall to promote British pork.
calendar icon 1 June 2007
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PIG OUT: Matthew Wignall of the National Pig Association with the Trojan Pig that was visiting Blackburn as part of a campaign to ensure that all pork sold in the UK is produced to UK welfare standards and labelled accordingly

The National Pig Association (NPA) held a Trojan Pig' protest in as part of a national campaign to highlight the impact cheap meat imports have on UK farmers.

The demonstration was welcomed by East Lancs farming leaders and MPs who agreed that the UK's red meat industry needed protecting from cheap imports.

The visit was aimed at promoting the quality of British pork and urging shoppers to look for the small Quality Standard Mark found on UK pork.

The NPA said customers could be assured that products bearing this label had been raised to the highest welfare standards by British farmers.

They say that much of the pork imported from Eastern Europe comes from animals raised in conditions that would not be tolerated here and urge people to buy British.

Barney Kay, of the NPA, said: "This is not an anti-import campaign.

"We want a level playing field to allow UK pig farmers to compete.

"Unclear labelling gives importers an advantage and deceives consumers."

Source: The Citizen

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