Today is the last day to send in your submission on NAWAC’s draft Code of Welfare for Pigs. New Zealand Open Rescue have put out a new video containing footage from many different farms around the country, to remind you why it is important to have your say.
The draft Code of Welfare as it currently stands proposes to limit the use of sow crates to 4 weeks per year by 2013 – leaving sows in crates for up to 20 weeks per year. It recommends that by 2018 sow crates be banned, leaving sows in farrowing crates for still up to 12 weeks per year.
What SAFE is asking for is pretty conservative. All they are asking is that sow crates and farrowing crates be banned. The rest of the conditions on a pig farm are pretty awful too – sow group housing and fattening pens are also concrete and barren – the only thing that makes them slightly better is that the pigs can turn around.
As always, it is best if you have time to write your own submission – however the most important thing is that you get it in on time. You can send a submission using SAFE’s template at www.lovepigs.org.nz.