The European Commission and representatives of European pig farmers, meat industry, traders, retailers, scientists and NGO’s committed themselves to plan to voluntarily end surgical castration of pigs in Europe by January 1st, 2018. In the EU many different views on this issue exist. To exchange knowledge and facts and identify solutions in the various countries, a conference is organized: ‘Boars heading for 2018’. This international conference takes place on November 30th and December 1st and 2nd, 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Within the European Union, there is support for the development of high-welfare production systems, in particular reducing the welfare implications of the castration of pigs.
In the international markets many different views exist on the issue of castration and non-castration of pigs. Therefore, the European Commission and representatives of European pig farmers, meat industry, traders, retailers, scientist, veterinarians and animal welfare NGO‟s committed a plan to voluntarily end surgical castration of pigs in Europe by January 1st, 2018. A European approach is necessary to develop the necessary tools, and ensure a fair distribution of the costs. In the Brussels Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs, major European stakeholders agreed that this practice should be abandoned by January 1st, 2018.
The objectives of this conference are to exchange knowledge and facts, to identify the challenges and to find possible directions for solutions in the various European countries.« Back to list