Pig transport paper threatens industry
By Tony McDougal
PIG industry leaders are horrified by an EU Commission document demanding stringent legislation on the transport of breeding pigs which, if implemented, would put the UKs £25 million export trade at risk.
The unpublished commission paper threatens to place additional controls on breeding pig transport, including a cut in number of vehicle decks from three to two and, in some cases, two to one, and new stipulations on temperature and ventilation.
The paper also hints that if industry wants to have breeding-pig staging posts separate from commercial loading and unloading areas, it will have to pay for the additional costs.
British Pig Association chief executive Grenville Welsh described the paper as horrendous, calling it a malicious document which aimed to hit the UKs thriving breeding export trade.