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2013 update

As the British pig industry continued their campaign to highlight that many Member States would fail to comply with EU stall ban, Compassion in World Farming added their voice to the protests. It is estimated that around 85% of Danish producers now comply with the new rules, with full compliance expected by January 2013

Strong campaigning by British pig industry interests continued during August, and regular updates were published via their specially designed website 'Countdown to 1-1-13'. The issue continued to attract coverage in the national press - Daily Mail.

Compassion in World Farming launched their own campaign to highlight the low levels of compliance across Europe, with the launch of a ‘Project Pig’ with the headline: "No stalling on the 2013 ban". CIWF also urged their members to write to the French Ambassador complaining that the French government was neglecting proper enforcement of the new EU rules.

The Danish Veterinary & Food Administration have once again warned farmers about the consequences of non-compliance with the new regulations. It is estimated that around 85% of Danish producers are now compliant, with the remainder either currently adapting their housing systems or choosing to cease production by December 2012. It is estimated that somewhere between 5% and 10% of producers will exit the industry rather than make the required investments – this will mainly be smaller producers with older facilities.