However, a partial ban on sow stalls, due to take effect throughout Europe from 1 January 2013, will have a major impact on the EU pig meat market, according to experts.
BPEX, the body that represents the interests of pig producers, said that similar animal welfare legislation, which came into force at the start of this year, has caused serious disruption with the price of eggs up 75% compared with a year ago.
BPEX warns that pig production is likely to fall by between 5% and 10% with the result that retailers will be face substantial price increases.
Maybe animal welfare is more important than the price of bacon (mmm, bacon, the one major food group!). Maybe the cost of feeding our own little ones is more important than the way the little ones we eat are treated.
It\’s a trade off. And there are no solutions, there are only trade offs. That\’s a pretty obvious statement and I\’m sorry to have to keep repeating it. But all too many just don\’t grasp the point.
Sure we should concern ourselves with the welfare of the little piggies. Sure, it is even possible that we should give up some of what we have to increase that porcine welfare. But that there is a trade off which has to be considered is exactly the same whether we are talking about bacon or civil servants troughing for grander pensions.
My opinion, a purely personal one you understand, is that Babe and siblings can have a bit more of my money, live happier and more carefree lives. The bureaucrats, well, we would seem to have some empty slaughterhouses as a result of the first policy…..