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Enough porkies: when will the stalling in WA be over?
KAYT DAVIES, Crikey, April 14, 2011

There’s a dirty fight in Western Australia over pigs, that has pollies accusing industry groups of telling porkies.

Greens WA MLC Lynn MacLaren used a rarely wielded parliamentary power last week to expose the hollowness of an industry promise to ban sow stalls — a factory farming practice that consumers and retailers are clearly not happy with.

Greens accused of sow grapes
REBECCA TURNER AND CLAIRE TYRRELL, Countryman, April 7, 2011

The Greens (WA) has moved to ban sow stalls in WA by 2017.

While industry has already agreed to a voluntary phase out the stalls by 2017, Greens (WA) MLC Lynn MacLaren proposed the ban in State Parliament on Tuesday.

Last year, Tasmania became the first State to announce a ban on sow stalls by 2017.

The decision was followed by Coles’ announcement that it would make all its home brand pork products ‘sow stall free’ by 2014.

Ms MacLaren said sow stalls were inhumane and had no place in modern farming systems.

“The Australian pig industry has already voted to voluntarily phase out sow stalls by 2017; however it is important that these commitments are backed up by legislation to curb any future rogue operators,” she said.

“It is clear that most West Australians strongly disapprove of confining pigs in sow stalls yet, the WA Government is set to introduce new regulations which would allow unlimited use of sow stalls until 2017 and for six weeks for each pregnancy from 2017.

“While the pork industry’s responsible leaders are embracing change and are trying to do the right thing, it appears that there are a few stick in the muds who seem to have Agriculture Minister Terry Redman’s ear.”

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Greens want sow stalls banned in WA
SKYE SHANNON, Country Hour, April 5, 2011

The WA Greens want sow stalls to be banned in Western Australia and will present a motion in Parliament this afternoon to do so.

It wants the pork industry here to stop using the stalls by 2017.

Late last year the Australian Pork Producers Association and its members unanimously voted to voluntarily phase out the use of the sow stalls, also known as gestation stalls, by that date.

Greens spokeswoman Lyn MacLaren wants to make sure it happens, so she'll be arguing to make it law.

The West Australian Pork Producers Association is fuming about the move.

It says industry and government have already agreed a voluntary phasing out of sow stalls is acceptable.

Executive officer Russell Cox says there's no need to make legislative changes.

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