DEFRA accused of "mindless incompetence" 


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DEFRA accused of "mindless incompetence"
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) today called on DEFRA to rescind their ridiculous advice over providing footballs for pigs and called for the resignation of the spokesman concerned.

Joyce D'Silva, Chief Executive of CIWF, said "With this announcement, DEFRA are completely trivialising animal welfare issues. The EU Directive on providing pigs with "manipulable material" is a welfare measure designed to ensure they can carry out their natural rooting behaviour - instead of living on barren, concrete slatted floors. The intention is to provide pigs with materials like straw or mushroom compost to allow them to root - not basketballs as quoted by DEFRA".

Compassion in World Farming is offering to take DEFRA representatives and journalists to farms where pigs have been given such materials and to demonstrate the sort of conditions in which pigs should be reared.

"It is quite clear that there are people in DEFRA with little knowledge of pigs, apart from perhaps those they see in Hamleys toy shop", added Ms D'Silva angrily, "It is also a complete misinterpretation of the spirit - and almost certainly - the letter of the law. CIWF is consulting its legal team today regarding further action."