An EU report on study visits to share good practice on rearing pigs with intact tails

A report DG Health & Food Safety published (Feb 2017), provides evidence that there are solutions to counter the commonly held belief that rearing pigs and avoiding tail docking is impossible.

Based on visits to three countries where tail docking is not performed routinely (Finland, Sweden and Switzerland), it summarises good practices to rear pigs with intact tails.

It finds the key is lower stress levels through active management of enrichment materials; feed and air quality; reduction of competition between animals and good animal health status.

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