Market acceptation is the biggest obstacle for achieving the goal of completely banning castration of male piglets in the European Union by 2018 reports PigProgress on November 18, 2013.A�
This was the key outcome of a conference related to a ban on castration in the Netherlands, late last week.A�The recent conference showed that national attitude differences throughout Europe appear difficult to erase.
The UK is the best known example where castration is a thing of the past. In many countries, however, developments are slower than in the Netherlands.
- In Germany, research is being conducted but market acceptation is missing;
- In France, only cooperative Cooperl uses entire boars for its meat production;
- In Belgium, castration occurs using painkillers a�� and vaccination is being used as well;
- The Danish, usually leading in animal welfare discussions, are hesitant;
- In Poland and Italy, the topic is no point of discussion at all.
The delegates concluded that popular support for a stop of castration needs to grow.
Read the complete article on the website PigProgress.