My 13,000 word report Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates was published in June by SAFE (a leading NZ animal advocacy organisation). It documents the welfare problems experienced by around 15,000 New Zealand sows annually, who are confined within metal cages barely larger than their own bodies, in a practice claimed to decrease piglet mortality.
It was delivered to NZ’s Primary Production Select Committee along with SAFE’s own submission. The Committee is reviewing a 112,844 signature petition – the largest in 5 years – delivered to Parliament in March, which requested a ban on sow farrowing crates. See also the related media release, fact sheet and more.