Male piglets are routinely castrated to prevent aggression and boar taint, an objectionable odour and flavour released when heating the meat and fat of entire male pigs. In Italy, farmers usually castrate the pigs himself without using anaesthesia and/or analgesia. This has raised animal welfare concerns. In view of the welfare problems that castration without anesthesia means for pigs, the Authors examine the current legislation and highlight the lack of specific rules on the issue.

Castration of pigs and animal welfare: Legal-medical aspects

FAZIO, ALESSANDRA;QUARTARONE, VALERIA;PASSANTINO, Annamaria
2012

Abstract

Male piglets are routinely castrated to prevent aggression and boar taint, an objectionable odour and flavour released when heating the meat and fat of entire male pigs. In Italy, farmers usually castrate the pigs himself without using anaesthesia and/or analgesia. This has raised animal welfare concerns. In view of the welfare problems that castration without anesthesia means for pigs, the Authors examine the current legislation and highlight the lack of specific rules on the issue.
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