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on May 22, 2009

Video forces New Zealand to advance housing plans

Film allegedly shows evidence of cruelty

An established plan for New Zealand's pig industry to phase out all individual gestation stalls as dry-sow housing by 2015 may be brought forward due to a political row after animal activists released video footage of a farm they had entered illegally.

The film allegedly showed evidence of cruelty on the unit, owned by a former director of the NZ Pork Industry Board, although a subsequent visit by official investigators found that the housing complied with current national welfare rules.

By published estimates, under 30% of the breeding herds in New Zealand house their mated sows individually and just 10% of these employ sow stalls for the full gestation period.

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