Welfare protest against supermarkets

1 December 1999

Welfare protest against supermarkets

PIG farmers and animal welfare campaigners joined forces for a protest against supermarkets using pigmeat from countries where pig production does not meet legal standards of Britain.

The protest, outside the headquarters of the British Retail Consortium in central London, was an unusual alliance between farmers and Compassion in World Farming.

The groups are more usually on opposite sides of the fence.

It was designed to highlight the growth in imported pigmeat products, which has increased 15% this year, with fresh and chilled ham imports up 43%.

They also sought to expose the patchy animal welfare policies operated by supermarkets.

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