Environmental activists who want to see a lifting of the European Union ban on feeding kitchen and catering waste to pigs may be sending confusing signals to hobby pig-keepers, the National Pig Association has warned.
Through its newly-launched Don’t Kill Me With Kindness campaign, the organisation, which represents British commercial pig producers, is stressing that the reason the practice can carry a penalty of up to two years in jail is because it risks introducing costly and damaging disease epidemics to Britain.
The 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak, for example, began in this way and took nine months to bring under control, during which time ten million pigs, sheep and cattle were slaughtered at a cost to £8bn to the country.
NPA general manager Dr Zoe Davies said: “Whilst NPA understands why people may think feeding food waste makes perfect sense, we want everyone who keeps pigs to follow the law to the letter because we feel that the stakes are too high. Pig-keepers are responsible members of society and we think there is more chance they will obey the law scrupulously if we explain the reasons for not feeding any kitchen waste – and that’s what our campaign seeks to do.”
For more information on the campaign see www.npa-uk.org.uk/disease.html