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 ‘Boars heading for 2018’ in Amsterdam on December 1st, 2011, Michel Courat of the Eurogroup for Animals called up all parties in the European pork production chain to sign the Declaration of Brussels. ,,NGO’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.