Will the EU manage to phase out surgical castration of pigs?
Date and time: Monday 9th of July 2018, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. CET
Speaker: Déborah Temple
Guest speakers from the Animal Welfare Working Group, FVE, during the live discussion
Content: The deadlines of January 1st, 2012, and of 2018 of the “European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs” are far from being met and there is a lack of consensus on the animal welfare implications and the feasibility of the alternatives to surgical castration without analgesia/anaesthesia. Although countries using analgesia/anaesthesia routinely find this method practical and effective, only few countries seem to aim at meeting the deadline to phase out surgical castration completely. A recent survey from the FVE pointed out those important issues that will be discussed during the webinar.