INTERPORC regrets that the biosecurity of the pig herd and the Spanish public health are being put at risk with illegal entry into the farms, whose sole objective is to build a pernicious image of the Spanish pig sector through decontextualized images that generate an unfair perception of a group that works hard on matters such as animal welfare or the environment and that have made the sector an international benchmark.
INTERPORC condemns the indiscriminate attacks on Spanish farms and regrets that they are trying to discredit the pig sector in particular and the rancher in general with campaigns based on malicious arguments that distort reality, images taken out of context, fake news, false data, half-truths , manipulated surveys or reports without scientific criteria.
These demanding measures, which prohibit, among other issues, the entry of unauthorized personnel who do not comply with strict biosecurity and hygiene standards, are absolutely necessary to avoid health damage to livestock, promote animal welfare and maintain the highest level of health status. of the Spanish pig herd, an essential passport to take the meat and derivatives of the Spanish white layer pig to more than 130 countries around the world.
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Any irresponsible breach of these measures by third parties could have dramatic consequences, since the fact that a farm has biosecurity problems would affect not only the health and life of the animals in the facility itself, but also to the activity and, therefore, to employment, the economy and the cattle herd of all the farms in Spain and the 400,000 families that live directly in the sector.
The Spanish pig sector respects the right of any organization to disagree with national or community regulations or to request improvements, but the path can never be with actions outside the law that put the biosecurity of a livestock facility at risk.
Spanish pig sector, international benchmark in sustainability
It should be noted that the Spanish pig sector applies the European production model, which entails the most demanding legislation in the world in caring for the environment. Spanish pig farms are subject to demanding conditions that make it possible to minimize the production of manure or slurry, but in addition, Spanish farmers apply a series of techniques aimed at reducing emissions and contributing to saving water and energy in all processes.
In recent years, the sector has managed to reduce the use of water per kilo of meat produced by 30% and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% in the last 15 years.
In addition, it has a strong commitment to the circular economy, using renewable energy, working on the use of organic fertilizer, regulating the sector through pioneering national regulations worldwide and training and qualifying staff in environmental matters.
The Spanish pig sector maintains a responsible activity with an environment in which it has been established for centuries and works every day in aspects that improve its sustainability to nourish society with healthy, safe and quality food and keep our rural areas alive, generating employment and wealth in the ’emptied Spain’.