NZ Animal Welfare

New Zealand moves to more humane pig farming practices.


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New Zealand Agriculture Minister David Carter announced on December 1 that under the new Animal Welfare Code of Welfare 2010, all pig gestation stalls will be removed by December 2015. The New Zealand Pork chairman, Chris Trengrove, has agreed to honor the new code and support the eventual removal of the stalls, in collaboration with the government of New Zealand. Farmers are allowed to use gestation crates for four weeks following mating after 2012. By 2015, sow stalls in New Zealand will be banned.