2018 is in sight. The countdown started also in Germany
From January 1, 2019 pigs in Germany may no longer be castrated without anesthesia. This is enshrined in German law. Major marketparties such as Rewe, Edeka Südwest, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd want to move forward earlier and focus on 2017. Animal protection organizations and competitors put them under pressure. In Germany, stakeholders ask whether the deadlines are realistic. Two trade press journals TopAgrar and SUS published large articles in which the complexity and the various dilemmas are discussed.
Boars on the way is a collaboration of stakeholders from the Dutch pig sector, aiming to end castration of male pigs within the European Union. Members of the steering committee include the Dutch Pig Farmers Organisation (POV), Vion, Topigs Norsvin, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Dutch Organisation for the Protection of Animals.