Thursday, July 2, 2009

Help the RSPCA ban the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates in the pork industry


RSPCA NSW is urging all supporters to help increase the public awareness of the dismal plight of intensively farmed breeding sows and to ban the use of sow stalls in Australia.

A sow stall is a metal-barred crate that houses a single sow for all or part of her 16-week pregnancy. The floor of the stall is usually concrete, with a slat-covered trench for manure at the rear. There is just enough space for the sow to stand up in — she cannot turn around and can only take a short step forward or back. About a quarter of sows in Australia are kept in stalls for the full length of their pregnancies.

Sow Stall Facts:
- Sows spend their lives in a narrow, metal barred pen (just 200cm x 60cm) with a concrete floor and barely enough room to stand and lie down. Sows cannot turn around in their stalls

- the lack of movement results in severe muscle and bone deterioration, making it difficult to stand up and lie down.

- Many sows ultimately begin to display repetitive or self-destructive behaviours such as biting the metal bars all day, constant head bobbing and chain pulling.

RSPCA NSW is actively campaigning to ban the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates. We have set up an online petition to ban the use of sow stalls. It has over 3000 signatures and thousands of comments of support - but we need more!

You can support this campaign by sign the petition at:

http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/26236.html

Thank you for helping to ban Sow stalls and farrowing crates by signing our petition.

Mark, RSPCA NSW.



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