Today marks an extraordinary day for pigs. It’s days like these that we are
reminded that with hard work and persistence, comes results. In this case — the
first state-based commitment to phase out one of the cruelest practices in
Following a state-wide newspaper advertising blitz by Animals Australia and
Brightside Farm Sanctuary, Tasmania's Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green
announced in parliament today (June 10th 2010) that he will ban cruel sow stalls
in the state!
Pigs are among the most intelligent species on the planet, and yet have been
subjected to one of the cruelest practices ever inflicted on animals in
Australia. 'Sow stalls' are typically used in factory farming operations across
the country to confine and isolate mother pigs during pregnancy. The national
Code of Practice permits these animals to be confined in tiny crates, unable
even to turn around for months on end, denying them exercise and any quality of
life. As a result, pigs suffer painful physical ailments and even depression.
Recently the Tasmanian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) recognised the
unacceptable cruelty permitted by the flawed national code, and recommended to
Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green that Tasmania take a leading role to
become the first state to outlaw the cruel practice of confining sows in stalls.
Animals Australia’s representative on the AWAC provided crucial input on the
scientific and ethical arguments against confining sows in tiny stalls.
Despite heavy lobbying from Australia's intensive pork industry, Minister Green
has accepted this recommendation, encouraged by a flood of supportive letters
and e-mails from thousands of caring Animals Australia supporters.
This significant development, along with the recent announcement by Australia's
largest piggery to voluntarily phase out sow stalls, could never have happened
without Animals Australia's investigations, media exposés, and high profile
public awareness campaigns.
Consistent with international precedents, the Tasmanian government will
implement a phase out of sow stalls with a total ban in 2017. Therefore it is
crucial that Animals Australia continues to highlight to consumers in Tasmania
and throughout Australia that they have the power to help these animals right
now by refusing to purchase factory farmed products. In addition, we will be
lobbying other state governments to follow the precedent established in
Please help us maintain our high impact campaigns on behalf of animals. Hope is
finally on the horizon for these intelligent animals thanks to the committed
support of our members.