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Pork Industry Examining Alternatives to Sow Stalls

by 5m Editor
17 June 2010, at 9:21am

AUSTRALIA - Public pressure has forced the pork industry to consider phasing out gestation stalls nationally.

Producers have long argued the stalls are necessary to control sows that become aggressive during pregnancy, according to ABC.

But public criticism that the practice is cruel has increased, since Tasmania announced it would ban the stalls.

Andrew Spencer, from Australian Pork Limited, says public attitudes have changed and producers will now be asked to consider other options.

"There is a premise on the table, whether it's right or wrong, that the way that the industry uses gestation stalls will never be properly understood by consumers and will ultimately result in rejection by consumers, so that is an unsustainable situation," he says.

"So what we do as an industry to address that is extremely important."