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Pigs: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of growing pigs are (a) free range having been born outside with access to a field throughout life, (b) outdoor-reared having been born and reared outdoors for approximately half their life and then brought inside, (c) outdoor-bred having been born outdoors and brought indoors at weaning and (d) permanently indoors; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra does not hold statistics on how many pigs are reared outside or indoors. The terms free range, outdoor-reared and outdoor-bred are industry-owned marketing terms and Defra does not hold data on this type of information. To the best of our knowledge, this data is not available elsewhere.

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