On the occasion of the approaching day of the animal, we analyze the role that supermarkets play in the production chain to end the abuse suffered by many pigs in the world.
Every April 29, Argentina celebrates Animal Day in memory of the death of the former president of the Society for the Protection of Animals, Dr. Ignacio Lucas Albarracín. On the occasion of this important date, from World Animal Protection, we want to focus on sharing the harsh reality that many pigs are living throughout the world, in order to improve their quality of life.
For a long time, unfortunately, pigs don't have a very good reputation. In fact, there are various expressions that are used on a daily basis to refer to the fact that when someone is dirty, they appear to "be a pig." This is due to false myths that have been installed in society, in which this animal is linked to dirt and unrefined taste.
However, it should be clarified that these expressions are wrong, since they do not coincide with the natural reality of this animal. Although the myths that circulate suggest otherwise, pigs are fast, agile and very intelligent, as well as very curious and neat.
It is interesting to clarify that pigs have been domesticated by man for thousands of years. So much so, that some people consider them more intelligent than dogs. In addition, mother sows are always very aware of their offspring, communicating with them through sounds thanks to the fact that they are very protective.
The harsh reality of pigs and the role of supermarkets
Despite the fact that today animal welfare, and particularly that of pigs, is a very important matter, not everything is rosy for pigs. They have great intelligence and obviously the ability to feel, therefore any production system that violates them or that does not meet the basic standards of animal welfare, will generate a lot of discomfort and suffering in them, something that unfortunately, happens today.
Call to action
Therefore, the NGO Protection Animal World started the campaign “Raise pigs well”So that supermarkets have strong, clear and specific policies so that the pork they sell comes from systems that offer good welfare conditions to pigs. Thus, they will be in a pleasant environment where they share, exercise and act naturally.
It is that the responsibility of supermarkets is very great because it is here where the final product is bought: pork. Coincidentally, a recent study carried out by the NGO showed that the 42% of the participants say they are willing to pay more for a certified product in animal welfare and that almost the 80%, I would buy only certified animal welfare products if they were available on the market.
Ricardo Mora, Manager of the Farm Animals Program, stresses that the survey data is in line with a global trend preferably for ethical products.
He also maintains: “As with any food quality assurance and management process, supermarkets are directly responsible for both the quality related to the processes and food composition, and the ethical quality of the product itself. In other words, your responsibility is that the product comes from places whereit is produced ethically, so that the gestation processes of the sows are no longer carried out in small cages where they cannot move, share with other pigs and express their natural behavior. "
What is the goal of the campaign and how is wellness achieved?
The goal is for supermarkets offer pork with high standards of animal welfare. This generates that the entire chain is pulled back so that from the beginning, that is, in the farms, production programs are implemented that do not mistreat the animals, and in which the housing, feeding and animal health conditions are ideal. .
Ricardo Mora explains that “there are many techniques to achieve this and the industry has understood it. Little by little it is being transformed, but supermarkets would accelerate this process, especially since consumers are not willing to pay for products whose origin is a system that mistreats animals. "
What are the requirements for an ethical quality of pork meat?
- Guarantee that the animals come from systems in which the mother pigs are not locked in cages during their gestation, but can walk, play and share with others, in groups.
- That newborn pigs do not receive fang, tail or ear notches.
- That the possibility of having access to natural light and good ventilation is always respected.
Fortunately, the industry is changing and tending more and more towards models that do not compromise the welfare of pigs, but there is still a long way to go. To join the campaign, you can go to https://www.worldanimalprotection.cr/Cerdos and sign the petition so that the pigs can live as they deserve.
By Jezebel Handel