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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on eliminating the practice of castrating pigs

Sophie Montel, Florian Philippot

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on eliminating the practice of castrating pigs  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas animal welfare associations have drawn attention to the practice of castration in a number of pig farms, a practice which causes the animals considerable pain as no anaesthetic is administered;


B.  whereas 25 million pigs are reared every year in France alone, primarily for their meat;


C.  whereas 95% of pigs are kept packed into overcrowded buildings, on slatted floors or in cramped conditions, and are not given proper space to lead a natural life;


D.  whereas the practice of castration has already been banned in several EU Member States;


E.  whereas these practices must be abolished as a matter of urgency, especially given the existence of alternatives;


1.Calls on the Commission to examine ways in which ending the castration of pigs could be included in national strategies for improving animal welfare.


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