European Pork

Welfare Friendly Farms

Citizens of the EU and Ireland care deeply about animal welfare and are concerned about the ethical treatment of animals.
Under EU law, animals are recognised as sentient beings, meaning they are capable of feeling pleasure and pain.

Reflecting this, EU animal welfare standards require pigs be able to express behavior in a natural way. For EU pig producers, this means animals being reared in groups, with space to lie down, stand up and rest without difficulty. A clean resting area and the ability to see other pigs at any time are also required.

To encourage pigs to express their normal foraging & explorative behaviour environmental enrichment materials are routinely used.
This allows pigs, which are naturally curious & social animals, to explore their environment as they would in their natural habitat.

Irish pigs unlike many other countries are not castrated for animal welfare reasons. The guiding principle underlying the animal welfare provisions within the EU is that “everyone is responsible”. These principles apply at every link of the supply chain-on the farm, during transport and at the abattoir. Animal welfare provisions are rigorously enforced by national governments and monitored to ensure that they meet their objective.

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