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·         Tesco accused of using 'barbaric' pig farms where animals are kept in cages 'no bigger than a fridge'

·         Charity calls on Tesco to end use of sow stalls in Thai pork production

 

 

Tesco accused of using 'barbaric' pig farms where animals are kept in cages 'no bigger than a fridge'

‘Why should a mother pig have to suffer under the Tesco brand just because she’s been born and raised in Thailand’

 

Chiara Giordano, Independent

May 9, 2019

 

Tesco has vowed to explore eradicating sow stalls from its Thai supply chain after animal welfare campaigners accused the supermarket chain of selling pork products from farms where mother pigs are kept in steel cages “no bigger than a fridge”.

 

Also referred to a “pregnancy cages”, sow stalls have been banned in the UK since 1999, but World Animal Protection accused Tesco Lotus, Tesco Group's second largest business outside the UK, of selling pork products from animals kept in them.

 

About 40 per cent of pigs are kept outside in the UK where they can roam free and perform more natural behaviours when giving birth, while the rest are kept indoors in group housing, World Animal Protection said.

 

“Why should a mother pig have to suffer under the Tesco brand just because she’s been born and raised in Thailand." said Ian Woodhurst, the organisation's farming campaigns manager. “She would normally roam around foraging for food, socialise with other pigs and build a nest for their piglets.

 

“On a factory farm she cannot do any of this, trapped in a tiny steel cage where she can barely move. Supermarkets have the power to make a change for farm animals.

 

“We’re urging Tesco to stop this misery and improve the lives of mother pigs on farms that supply its 2,000 Tesco Lotus stores across Thailand.”

 

The organisation also called on Tesco to introduce a global pig welfare policy “to stop this barbaric practice on farms that supply its stores worldwide”.

 

It has already had succeeded in persuading CP Foods, a Thai pork producer, to get sows out of cages in their operations by 2025.

 

Tesco said no Thai pork is sold in the UK – however it said it was working with its suppliers in the region to “explore” how it could move sows “out of stalls and into group housing”...

 

more, including links, photos, video [0:48 min.]

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tesco-lotus-pig-farms-pregnancy-cages-thailand-world-animal-protection-a8906696.html

 

 

Charity calls on Tesco to end use of sow stalls in Thai pork production

World Animal Protection has accused the Tesco Lotus chain in Thailand of selling pork from pigs kept in sow stalls ‘no bigger than a fridge’.

 

Express and Star

May 9, 2019

 

Tesco has pledged to look into eradicating sow stalls in its Thai supply chain after criticism from animal welfare campaigners.

 

World Animal Protection has accused the Tesco Lotus supermarket chain, Tesco Group’s second largest business outside the UK, of selling pork products from farms where pigs are kept in cages “no bigger than a fridge”.

 

Sow stalls have been banned in the UK since 1999.

 

Tesco said no Thai pork is sold in the UK. However it said it was working with its suppliers in the region to “explore” how it could move sows “out of stalls and into group housing”.

 

World Animal Protection is calling on Tesco to introduce a global pig welfare policy “to stop this barbaric practice on farms that supply its stores worldwide”.

 

Ian Woodhurst, World Animal Protection’s farming campaigns manager, said: “Why should a mother pig have to suffer under the Tesco brand just because she’s been born and raised in Thailand?

 

“She would normally roam around foraging for food, socialise with other pigs and build a nest for their piglets. On a factory farm she cannot do any of this, trapped in a tiny steel cage where she can barely move.

 

“Supermarkets have the power to make a change for farm animals. We’re urging Tesco to stop this misery and improve the lives of mother pigs on farms that supply its 2,000 Tesco Lotus stores across Thailand.”

 

The charity has already had success persuading CP Foods, a Thai pork producer, to get sows out of cages in their operations by 2025.

 

A Tesco spokesman said:

 

more, plus World Animal Protection video [1:05 min.] 

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/05/09/charity-calls-on-tesco-to-end-use-of-sow-stalls-in-thai-pork-production/