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Most piglets still castrated without anesthesia

Published onsdag 17 december 2014 kl 11.35
Piglet soon to be castrated. Photo: Anna Jutehammar/Sveriges Radio
Piglet soon to be castrated. Photo: Anna Jutehammar/Sveriges Radio

Nearly all piglets in Sweden are still being castrated without the use of anesthesia, despite an impending new law requiring compliance within a year.

The total number of piglets involved is around 1.2 million per year, which is more than 90 percent of all male pigs, according to the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Only around 60 farmers have applied for the funding that has existed for two years, which is in place to help farms cover the extra costs involved with using anesthesia.

Male pigs are castrated in order to avoid the meat tasting gamy, like wild boar.

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