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Pig Welfare on ‘Mega Farm’ Approved by CIWF

by 5m Editor
24 June 2011, at 5:17pm

UK - Pigs kept in a Derbyshire 'mega farm' will have a higher standard of living than many pigs in smaller units, admits Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).

The leading animal welfare group is opposed to intensive farming, but made the admission following its own investigation into the planned farm and conditions.

Midland Pig Producers' proposed 2,500-sow pig unit in Derbyshire has been met by fierce opposition from locals and campaigners, led by 'The Wire' actor, Dominic West. However, the farm received a boost from the CIWF who, after consultation with Midland Pig Producers, stated that the planned farm delivered welfare standards denied to many of the UK's indoor reared pigs.

A spokesperson for the pressure group said: "These proposed standards offer the potential for the pigs to have a higher quality of life than many of their counterparts in other UK and EU farms."