The European declaration of Brussels is a major step forward for pig welfare. But it needs a follow up to reach the goal of ending castration of male piglets in the European Union in 2018. During the International conference a�?Boars heading for 2018a�� in Amsterdam on December 1st, 2011, Michel Courat of the Eurogroup for Animals called up all parties in theA� European pork production chain to sign the Declaration of Brussels. ,,NGOa��s will be supportive here they can, but will at the other hand stay vigilant, ” Courat said.
About Michel CouratMichel Courat is policy officer for farm animals at Eurogroup for Animals. Courat is a veterinary surgeon. He joined Eurogroup for Animals in 2008 after having spent 9 years as a veterinarian in the UK working for the Meat Hygiene Service. In that period he worked on implementing and enforcing the European and British animal welfare and hygiene legislation.