QUESTIONNAIRE ASSESSMENT OF THE WELFARE OF PIGS

G. Horváth* and L. Visnyei

Department of State Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Economics, Faculty of
Veterinary Science, Szent István University, H-1400 Budapest, P.O. Box 2, Hungary

(Received April 27, 2000; accepted October 30, 2000)

A questionnaire study was performed involving 76 farms with a total of 380,207 pigs to assess the welfare of pigs kept in Hungary based on the animal welfare legislation of the European Union. Most significant deficiencies were found in the fulfilment of the provisions relating to space requirements, the stall microclimate and the behavioural needs of the animals.

Key words: Pigs, welfare assessment, questionnaire survey, legislation

*E-mail: ghorvath@univet.hu; Fax: +36 (1) 478-4186


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