Extension of the cage farming ban: Antystress, a response to the issue.
From the official announcement to an indefinite postponement. Just a few weeks ago, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, officially communicated the postponement of the ban on cage farming, which had previously been set for the end of 2023.
This measure, of course, has a significant impact on the pig farming industry, but this new delay has increased uncertainties on the subject. Von der Leyen, in her State of the Union address, announced that the Commission had, albeit temporarily, postponed its previous commitment to ban the use of cages.
The news of the postponement has provoked a dual reaction from the farming community. On one hand, farmers felt somewhat relieved not to have to comply with new regulations in the short term, which would have necessitated significant new investments on their farms. On the other hand, it has triggered new attacks from animal rights and environmentalist groups, often without any scientific basis, who consistently criticize the agricultural and livestock sectors.
While European institutions, on one hand, are not actively working on abolishing cages as promised, on the other hand, they are working on a proposal to amend the regulations regarding the transport of live animals, which was presented just a few days ago.
The package includes a revision of the current EU rules for the protection of animals during transport, with the aim of improving the welfare of the billion and 600 million animals transported within and outside the EU each year. The new rules are based on the latest data, scientific knowledge, and technological developments.
Maberth, as always, positions itself in the market with products suitable for every situation, and in this case, with “Antystress,” it is ready to provide a complementary feed that can positively impact the nervous system of animals, thus enhancing animal welfare within farms, especially in situations of high stress or critical moments.
In this case, “Antystress” aims to assist farmers in reducing the stress caused by animal movements: “The mixture of compounds has a strong calming effect on the animals and can also regulate their electrolyte balance, which, in turn, has a positive influence on stress reactions, reducing them.”
The components of “Antystress” strengthen the nervous system, increase brain oxygenation, and improve the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. All of this leads to a better supply of energy to brain cells, which are particularly sensitive to potential deficiencies.
Despite this unexpected change of direction, everything could change again in a few months. In June 2024, there will be European elections, and all issues left unfinished by the previous working group can be revisited and potentially passed. Therefore, Maberth will be ready, as always, to offer its customers solutions that are even more tailored to their needs, contributing to the continuous improvement of animal welfare within pig farms.