The Humane Watch organization recently produced an informative video explaining how gestation stalls help keep sows safe and actually serve as individual maternity pens. See the video at the Humane Watch Web site at http://humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/maternity_pens/. The video is entitled "Animal Welfare: Pregnant Sow and Piglet Safety."
The video features swine veterinarian Laura Dalquist, who works with sows for a living, in addition to animal scientist Janeen Salak-Johnson, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Producer Craig Farber also provides his perspective on how stalls help prevent sows from injuring one another.
Humane Watch points out that the American Veterinary Medical Association and theAmerican Association of Swine Veterinarians both find that housing sows individually is acceptable, but that hasn’t stopped animal rights activists like PETA and the Humane Society of the U.S. from launching campaigns against the stalls.
Humane Watch ran a full-page video in USA Today this week targeting Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) fundraising tactics.