humane rearing of hogs

Asked February 28, 2014, 3:11 PM EST

I am a biochemist and plant scientist with 20 years research experience in addition to being a consumer with I hope a healthy sense of ethics. I am interested in the current issues that lie at the intersection of agriculture and ethics, in particular hot button topics where public opinion is often clouded by emotion with a lack of facts. The current debate around gestation stalls for pregnant sows seems like one such issue. As the state producing the largest number of market and breeding stock in the pig industry, can you point me to information that deals with real facts about current hog industry practices and who is doing real research to get at animal behavior and welfare for pigs raised under various conditions. Thank you in advance for your help.

Alameda County California

1 Response

I refer you to:

Ted Friend, PhD
Professor - Animal Behavior
Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University