Help Us Get Pigs Out Of Sow Stalls
Do you know what it's like to be happy as a pig in mud? Believe it or not, the majority of pigs in Australia don't. In fact, most pigs will never step foot in the outdoors. They can't root in the dirt, wallow in the mud or forage for food.
The biggest welfare problem facing Australian pigs is the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates. 250,000 breeding sows spend all or part of their pregnancies in a sow stall. These stalls place severe restrictions on the movement, social interaction and natural temperament of sows. They are about as big as the sow herself and she can only take a small step forwards and backwards. An inability to exercise causes their muscles and bones to deteriorate, and they may have great difficulty in standing up or lying down.
The RSPCA opposes the use of traditional single stalls for housing sows during pregnancy.