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EU Watchdog Says Pigs Should Get More Space for Animal Welfare

  • Opinion on pig welfare is first of a series expected this year
  • Farm-to-fork plan aims to make Europe’s food more sustainable
The European Food Safety Authority recommended that minimum space allowance for pigs should be increased.
The European Food Safety Authority recommended that minimum space allowance for pigs should be increased.Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The European Union’s food watchdog set out recommendations on how to rear pigs, in its first scientific opinion on animal welfare since the bloc launched a sustainable food plan. 

The European Food Safety Authority recommended that minimum space allowance for pigs should be increased, and that some sows should be housed in pens rather than crates, among other measures. The practice of tail docking -- which is used to stop pigs biting their tails if distressed -- should not be performed routinely, it said.