Since the beginning of 2014 the EU directive came into force, according to which each pig must have his favorite toy.
Pigs must be toys - such requirement is contained in the EU directive, which came into force at the beginning of this year. Pigs must have permanent access to materials that should be of interest to them, says the directive. The main aim of the new directive - to ensure the welfare of animals, reports portal "Earth. Chronicles the life ». P>
Directive does not regulate exactly what toys should be in pigs. But the experience of German pig producers who tried to "entertain" their wards, showed that pigs at the top - colorful balls. However, observing the behavior of the pigs on the eco-farms in Germany have shown that pig clever games with balls prefer to lie on straw. P>
The document prepared by EU officials also introduced a partial ban on sow stalls and a number of other innovations. For example, now on one pig should fall by 2.05 m. m square, instead of the current 1.6 m. m Ensuring compliance with EU animal advocates of hitting the pocket of pig producers, a significant number of manufacturers will be forced to leave the market. p>
«Historically, even small changes in pig led to considerable changes in the price. Production is likely to decline by 5% or more, prices will rise at least 10%, and possibly more, "- said the new rules on the senior analyst of the British Council for the Development of Agriculture and Horticulture (AHDB) Stephen Howarth. p>
Lithuanian breeders also question the feasibility of innovations. "Feed, electricity is expensive, meat is cheaper, the Russian market after the plague and remains closed, workers need to raise salaries. And now we must think about the toys "- outraged farmer Rokiškis district Vidmantas Mazhyalis writes" Verslo žinios ". Besides, according to Mazhyalisa games slow weight gain pigs, because the animals will move more. P>
Similar changes in the rules for laying hens, with effect from January 1, 2012, was brought to bankruptcy than one poultry farm and for the year raised the price of eggs by 75%. p>