Animal activists around the world agree that imprisoning pregnant pigs in steel crates (commonly called "sow stalls") for up to sixteen weeks is cruel. This abusive practice has already been outlawed in the United Kingdom and the European Union is set to severely curtail the practice next year.
However, Australian pig farmers are dragging their feet on freeing their pregnant pigs from cruel confinement. A voluntary initiative has resulted in compliance by only one-third of the farms implicated.
It's time for Australia's law makers to step up to the plate and ban sow stalls. Tell the Parliament of Australia to outlaw this abusive farming practice!
We the undersigned note that allowing pig farmers to regulate themselves and eliminate sow stalls on a voluntary basis just isn't working. Only a third of farmers have so far complied with the initiative. The rest are dragging their feet and perpetuating a practice that is cruel and ugly. It is time to enact a law to protect pigs from the most abusive sort of captivity. Ban sow stalls NOW, not in 2017.
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