The curse of tail-docking: the painful truth about Italy’s pigs

Despite the fact that the painful practice of tail-docking is illegal under an EU directive, and banned under Italian law, a reportage conducted by the guardian shows that according to a recent EU audit across farms in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, the country’s two main pig breeding regions in Italy, 98% of farmers remove their animals’ tails, a rate that stands among the highest in Europe. At least, in the 2019 the government set up a working group, which has drawn up a three-year action plan to be implemented across each of Italy’s 3,000 breeding farms to improve conditions, thus avoiding the need to dock pigs’ tails.

Source: The Guardian

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