Connecticut rejects ban on sow stalls

Published on: Jun 7, 2013

The Connecticut legislature on June 6 voted down a measure that would have prohibited pork producers from housing pregnant sows in gestation stalls. 

The measure was pushed by The Humane Society of the United States and, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), would have banned a housing system that's in place on the "vast majority" of swine farms in the U.S. -- a housing system that NPPC said allows for individual care of each sow and eliminates aggressive behavior between sows that can injure the less-dominant animal.

NPPC noted that gestation stalls are approved by both the American Veterinary Medical Assn. and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.