Pigs: Animal Welfare

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 9 December 2013 (WA 80), which European Union Member States are not compliant with the sow stall ban under EU Directive 2008/120/EC; whether Denmark and the Republic of Ireland are amongst those non-compliant Member States informally reporting over 95 per cent compliance levels; and when Member States were required by the Directive to become compliant.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The European Commission has not publically released any further details. However, it is working proactively to ensure compliance as soon as possible and has begun infringement proceedings against six Member States which failed to fully comply with the partial sow stall ban that came into force on 1 January 2013. This list does not include Denmark and Ireland.

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