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Sow stalls to be phased out in South Africa

News Section Icon Published 26/01/2011

Following intense lobbying by Compassion South Africa, the South African Pork Producers' Organisation has agreed to phase out the use of sow stalls.

Compassion is delighted to report that our South African office has had a breakthrough in its campaign to end the use of sow stalls in the country.

After intense lobbying, the Chief Executive of South African Pork Producers' Organisation (SAPPO) has agreed to voluntarily phase out the use of sow stalls - the narrow concrete-floored stalls in which breeding sows spend their 16 week pregnancies, unable even to turn round.

Tozie Zokufa, the South Africa Representative for Compassion commented:

"We are very pleased that the Chief Executive of the South African Pork Producers Organisation, Mr Simon Streicher, told Beeld newspaper last week that he is in favour of a phase out of sow stalls. Compassion in World Farming would now like to invite our MEC [Member of the Executive Council] for Agriculture to make the phase-out of stalls official in the Western Cape."

There are around 100,000 breeding sows in South Africa which produce the 40,000 young pigs needed weekly for pork, bacon and ham in the country.

Compassion South Africa is now pressing SAPPO to commit to a firm date of 2017 for a complete end to the use of these cruel stalls.

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