Hundreds of “Pork Not Porkies” posters plastered across the UK claim that pork stamped with a Red Tractor logo, is high welfare pork. Having considered the Red Tractor standards, Compassion feels the adverts to be untrue and misleading.
It is estimated that around 80% of British pigs are reared within the Red Tractor scheme (Rural Voice, 2011). Some of these will be reared in higher welfare outdoor, free range systems - systems and farms that Compassion supports.
However many will inevitably be:
- Kept in crowded barren pens possibly without straw or other enrichment material
- Unable to carry out key natural behaviours
- Many will have their tails trimmed, or docked
- The majority of sows will be confined in restrictive farrowing crates when giving birth and suckling their piglets.
Red Tractor pork cannot therefore be described as being “high welfare”