Pigs: Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many EU member states she estimates will not comply with the European partial stalls ban to be introduced in 2013.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

At the June Agriculture Council meeting, the Commission announced that overall 18 member states had said that they would be fully compliant by the sow stall ban deadline of 1 January 2013, including the UK pig industry's main competitors.

Those member states estimating full compliance are Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Sweden, Luxembourg and the UK have already banned sow stalls.

Of the nine member states remaining, most are anticipating levels of compliance in excess of 90%.

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