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January 10, 2021 - Forbes

What A Delay On Canada's Gestation Crate Ban Will Mean For Pig Welfare

What A Delay On Canada's Gestation Crate Ban Will Mean For Pig Welfare
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In 2014, Canada’s pork industry vowed to end their use of gestation crates—individual pens in which pregnant pigs are confined—by 2024. Now, industry stakeholders are proposing a five-year extension that will push the phaseout to 2029. According to animal welfare experts, the new timeline would mean massive suffering for millions of pigs.

A gestation crate is a metal enclosure that measures 2 feet wide by nearly 7 feet long. That’s “a little bit longer than the length of a pig and a little bit wider than the width of a pig, so the pig in the crate can’t turn around,” says Ian Duncan, an emeritus professor of animal welfare science at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

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