Germany - Abandonment of piglet castration is approaching

An abandonment of piglet castration is approaching. Specialists believe that rearing the entire population of young boars is the best way to permanently abandon the practice of castrating male piglets without anaesthesia right across the board. That is the main conclusion reached by the expert workshop "Abandonment of piglet castration – status and perspectives" held by the Fed-eral Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection together with QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH on 11 November, 2010 in Berlin.
Tuesday 23 November 2010 (7 years 11 months ago)
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An abandonment of piglet castration is approaching. Specialists believe that rearing the entire population of young boars is the best way to permanently abandon the practice of castrating male piglets without anaesthesia right across the board. That is the main conclusion reached by the expert workshop "Abandonment of piglet castration – status and perspectives" held by the Fed-eral Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection together with QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH on 11 November, 2010 in Berlin.

According to the experts, rearing the entire male population is the consequent way to ensure comprehensive protection for animals and implementation suitable in practice. The first results on husbandry of young boars give grounds for optimism. However, further going investigations into the feeding and management of the non-castrated animals are required. Enterprises in the meat industry and in retailing are open to this option. Moreover, a study among consumers found that consumers find little difference between a low-fat chop from a young boar and traditional pork.

There was unanimity amongst the experts that the market should not be fragmented. Apart from rearing the entire male population, immunocastration or anaesthesia by inhalation (isoflurane) also need to be further evaluated for their suitability on a transition basis. Until an alternative procedure is finally ready for deployment in practice, the QS scheme continues to prescribe the use of painkillers when castrating piglets. QS piglet breeders have already been practising this intermediate step for 18 months now. A violation against this animal welfare requirement will represent an exclusion criterion as from 2011.

http://www.q-s.de/en/mediacenter/news/artikel/verzicht-auf-ferkelkastration-stand-und-perspektiven-kopie-1/

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