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EURCAW-Pigs provides scientific and technical knowledge to Competent Authorities of EU member states and their support bodies, for the official controls on pig welfare requirements laid down in the European pig welfare legislation.
Gabriele Mörixmann, a German Farmer, shows in the video her active stall for fatteners, which provides different adequate enrichments. She is housing pigs with intact tails. The stall also provides a darkened lying area and hospital pens. In standard housings pigs live mostly in barren environments. One risk factor for tail biting is inadequate environmental enrichment. Environmental enrichment should provide possibilities for performing exploration, foraging and comfort behaviour.
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