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batt hens23 October 2014

Sow crates phase-out takes hold world wide

Woolworths, Pick n Pay action in South Africa latest examples.

Author/Organization: Meristem Land & Science

Year: 2014

The pressure started in Europe. The focus then became North America. Now the drive to phase-out so-called ‘sow crates’ or gestation stalls has firmly taken hold in a variety of major pockets around the world.

The latest examples include shifts by South Africa based retailers Woolworths and Pick n Pay.

Woolworths has announced that from the end of September, all fresh pork sold at the supermarket chain will be sourced from farms that no longer use conventional sow stalls. The Cape Town headquartered retailer is touting this “introduction of sow-friendly pork” as a first for South African retailers, represents a milestone in the company’s “Good Business Journey” sustainability initiative.


Final Report of an Audit carried out in Latvia from 24 to 28 February 2014 in order to evaluate the animal welfare controls in place at slaughter and during related operations

This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in Latvia from 24 to 28 February 2014 to evaluate the effectiveness of controls in ensuring animals are spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations, as required by Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009. In particular: the assurances given by official controls regarding the business operators’ compliance with applicable requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009; whether official controls are carried out in accordance with the relevant requirements of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and are suitable to ensure the effective implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 and Member State’s and Competent Authorities’ compliance with requirements such as guides to good practice, scientific support, and certificates of competence, and the effectiveness of implementation of those requirements.

Author/Organization: European Commission (DG SANCO)

Year: 2014

Where: Latvia


21 October 2014

Animal welfare included in UN Agricultural Investments Principles

For the first time, animal welfare has appeared in a United Nations (UN) agreed text.

Author/Organization: World Animal Protection

Year: 2014

Topics: food safety, productivity, welfare on the farm



Animal Welfare: The Pleasure of Respecting Rights

Animal husbandry and animal welfare are inextricably linked with ethical, political, economic and social issues. What to know and how to produce and consume animal products that are ethically and culturally sustainable.

Author/Organization: Slow Food, Terra Madre; European Commission; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Where: Italy

Topics: welfare on the farm



From farmer to farmer – Animal Welfare and its benefits

Hear from farmers and scientists working to promote animal welfare how to benefit from it. Farmers and producers are invited to participate, share their experience and best practices on animal welfare and their thoughts.

Author/Organization: Slow Food, Terra Madre; European Commission; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Where: Italy

Topics: welfare on the farm


23 October 2014

Hundreds of Dogs to be Sterilized in Quebec First Nations Community

A mass sterilization clinic will be held 18-22 October to provide veterinary services for stray and roaming dogs in a remote First National reserve.

Author/Organization: Humane Society International (HSI)

Year: 2014

Where: Canada

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts, dog population management


21 October 2014

Pig Pledge launched by welfare groups

Animal welfare campaigners have launched ‘The Pig Pledge’ campaign to encourage consumers to change their shopping habits and only buy high-welfare pork.


Year: 2014

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: meat production, pigs, welfare on the farm


23 October 2014

Consumers urged to buy pigmeat ‘from farms not factories’

The National Pig Association (NPA) has insisted scale of production is not a factor in the welfare of pigs in response to a new campaign urging consumers to buy their pigmeat from ‘farms not factories’.

Author/Organization: Farmers Guardian

Year: 2014

Topics: farming, labelling , meat production, pigs, standards, welfare on the farm


Or better still – don’t eat any animals – go no meat !! – SAV.






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