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Organic livestock, not always as pretty as it looks

Organic livestock, not always as pretty as it looks

The European Commission is reviewing the legislation in reference to this matter and, according to the information available, the changes fail in basic aspects such as the need to reduce the density of animals on farms and the transport of live animals.

"When the consumer opts for organic products, he imagines cows grazing and pigs in the mud and animals in freedom, but the reality is that today the dignified treatment of animals is not included within the obligations for producers," explains the ANDA spokesperson, Alberto Díez.

For this reason, the NGO requests that products that obtain the qualification of "ecological" must meet certain characteristics that really benefit the environment and animals, beyond restricting the use of chemicals and excess antibiotics. Among these is the need to breed native breeds, better adapted to the climatic conditions of each region, ensure access to the outdoors for animals, prohibit confinement in narrow cages of calves and farrowing sows, as well as mutilations, especially those that take place without anesthesia such as castration of pigs.

Likewise, it is essential to reduce the transport of live animals over long distances, exchanging it for the movement of meat, and to end the exceptions to cruel slaughter methods that allow killing without prior stunning. In ANDA's view, it is also important to pay attention to the field of aquaculture and improve living conditions for fish raised in farms, as well as for other animals for which there are practically no housing standards, such as rabbits.

ANDA is a non-profit association that has worked for animal welfare since 1989, especially from the field of legislation. In addition, ANDA works closely with the German organization Animals ’Angels, with whom it conducts inspections on roads, livestock markets and slaughterhouses throughout Spain and Europe.

ANDA Press Office

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