Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) and the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA) are asking Manitoba’s pork industry to voluntarily phase out sow stalls by 2017.
Manitoba Pork’s own recently released report, Embracing a Sustainable Future, encourages its producers to stop using sow stalls by 2025. “The 2025 target date is 14 years in the future,” says Lynn Kavanagh, a director with CCFA.
[Besides, it’s only a recommendation – not a directive.] “Meanwhile, New Zealand and Australia are abolishing sow stalls completely within a mere four to six years.”
CETFA and CCFA propose that Manitoba’s pork industry phase out stalls within six years.
CETFA and CCFA have launched a new website, www.helpthepigs.ca. As well, the groups have jointly produced a 30-second commercial, “Ban Sow Stalls.” The ad was to start airing in Manitoba on Mother’s Day weekend.