It’s official: 6 countries are breaking the sow stall ban
After months of being asked, the European Commission has finally released new information about breaches of the ban on keeping sows permanently in cages. Their announcement reveals that a shocking 6 EU nations are definitely harbouring illegal cruelty.
This figure is totally unacceptable. As you’ll see from our map below, the Commission has confirmed that Belgium, Cyprus, France, Finland, Greece, and Slovenia are all keeping sows illegally in stalls.
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Given that Member States had over a decade to prepare for the ban, the illegal use of sow stalls is a complete and utter disgrace. But there are two things you can do right now to help pigs:
Use the form on the right to email the Agriculture Ministers in these 6 law-breaking countries, urging them to enforce the sow stall ban.
Share this action and map on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the shocking breaches of this vital animal welfare law.
Whilst it can seem that this cruelty will never end, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In early 2013, pigs were being kept illegally in stalls in 17 Member States. Now, the European Commission’s announcement suggests that as many as 11 of these countries are complying with the law*. The pressure is working!
Please spare just a few moments now to help the sows who are still stuck illegally in cages. It is critical that every EU nation accepts and properly enforces the ban on using sow stalls throughout a pig’s pregnancy. These inhumane, out-dated contraptions have no place in a civilised society.
*EU legislation bans the use of sow stalls after the first four weeks of a pig’s pregnancy. In early 2013 only 11 EU Member States were reported to be compliant with this ban. A European Commission announcement in January 2014 suggested that 22 countries were compliant at that date – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK.
Take action for Europe’s sows
A letter will be sent in your name to each of the Agriculture Ministers in non-compliant Member States, in their own language.
I am concerned that [name of country] is still not properly enforcing the EU partial ban on sow stalls that came into force on 1 January 2013. This is unacceptable as this ban was adopted in 2001 – farmers and the government have had ample time to prepare for the change to group housing of sows. I urge you to now enforce the ban without any further delay.