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90 percent of pork is linked to animal suffering

90 percent of pork is linked to animal suffering

The market check from Greenpeace checked the availability of pork in Austrian supermarkets. The result is worrying: more than 90 percent of the pork sold on store shelves still meets only the minimum legal requirements. The animals are in factory farming kept without being able to run free, and they are fed genetically modified soy from South America. These feed imports also destroy rainforests. Greenpeace is demanding that Health Minister Rauch and Agriculture Minister Totschnig label animal husbandry, which includes the attitude, origin and feed.

“Nine out of ten pigs live in the most adverse conditions in Austrian stables: all their lives in a confined space, without exercise or straw and with hardly any activity. “You lose your appetite for schnitzel,” says Melanie Ebner, agriculture spokeswoman for Greenpeace in Austria. The proportion of pork from conventional animal husbandry with slightly more area per animal is just around five percent, but from environmentally friendly organic animal husbandry only around 1,5 percent.

During the market check, the best grade for the pork range was “satisfactory”: Billa Plus took first place. This is where the range of organically produced and guaranteed GMO-free pork is largest. However, the environmental protection organization sees a need for improvement in all supermarkets in Austria.

Greenpeace particularly criticizes this Ambiguity regarding the description of the farming conditions for pork. Only one system, which is already common in Germany to achieve better animal husbandry, consists of uniform and easily understandable information on the product about the keeping and feeding of the animals. Last year, Minister Rauch and Austria's supermarket chains agreed on a common labeling of animal husbandry during the animal welfare summit. However, there is still no sign of implementation, even though more than a year has passed since the summit. It is necessary that the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the supermarkets cooperate and immediately implement the promised labeling. Only then will consumers have the opportunity to choose better animal welfare and future-oriented agriculture when purchasing.

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