Norway bans the routine castration of pigs
Every year approx. 95% of male piglets (650.000 individuals) are routinely castrated in Norway without any pain relief. This painful procedure is performed by the farmer without any kind of analgesia.
The parliament decided on the 8th of March to forbid all castration of pigs. The ban will enter into force from the beginning of 2009.
Also, until the ban is in place, only veterinarians will be permitted to castrate pigs, and only with appropriate analgesia. This requirement will enter into force already in 2002.
The powerful pig industry and their allies lobbied intensely to stop the proposal or delay it indefinitely. They argued that the costs of forbidding castration would be astronomical, stating figures in the tens of millions of Euros.
The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance argued that these claims were vastly exaggerated and undocumented. Instead the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance was able to document that Denmark had stopped castrating pigs for several years without any significant problems for the industry.
The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance worked closely with a number of organisations, politicians and scientists, and was represented at the parliamentary hearing on the issue.
The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance has worked hard to stop the painful castration of pigs, and consider this new development a great victory. Norway´s pioneering ban will hopefully contribute to the introduction of similar bans in other countries.
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