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wn.com - 1 month ago

German piglets ‘sue’ over painful castration

Little piggies go to market, but in Germany they also go to court. In a legal first, animal rights advocates have asked Germany’s top court to ban the practice of castrating young male pigs without anesthetic — with the piglets themselves listed as the plaintiffs. The painful procedure has become increasingly controversial in Europe and has been banned in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. Farmers argue that the castration of piglets a few days after birth is necessary to prevent “boar taint,” the occasional occurrence of a foul smell when cooking pork from...

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