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Waitrose To Abolish The Use Of All Farrowing Crates

by 5m Editor
25 July 2007, at 1:09pm

UK - Waitrose has announced that it is to phase out the use of farrowing crates from all its British and Danish pig farms supplying the group with bacon.

Over the past six months Waitrose has been working to make sure that all its Danish bacon is produced from pigs born outdoors.

The supermarket has already abolished the use of farrowing crates for all its English bacon, sausages and pork four years ago – switching to meat from pigs born outdoors in straw-bedded huts.

Waitrose’s meat buyer Ms Jane Clarke compared farrowing to the inhumane treatment of battery farmed chickens.

“Farrowing crates are the pig industry’s equivalent to battery farming with sows kept in a confined space without the freedom to express natural behaviour.

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