DEFRA accused of "mindless incompetence"
DEFRA accused of "mindless
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
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
"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."