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Piglet Castration Debate

In Europe the debate about piglet castration is very heated. Given the "boar taint" taste that the flesh of intact pigs has, the swine industry is looking for humane alternatives. Already Switzerland has announced that anesthesia during castration will be mandatory as of 2009, and major supermarkets in Holland have said that in 2009 they will stop selling meat from piglets castrated without anesthesia. In Britain, farmers have voluntarily been leaving male pigs intact for decades, instead slaughtering them before they are old enough to develop the condition.

In Norway, researcher Bente Fredriksen is looking for alternatives such us including genetic ways to produce taint-free boars or lower the ratio of male pigs, and animal-welfare groups are pushing to keep a 2009 castration ban in place and say farmers should consider using "immuno-castration," by vaccine Pfizer Inc. has marketed Improvac, a vaccine that suppresses piglet puberty, as a way to sidestep the castration debate while eliminating boar taint.).

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To inflict suffering on God’s animals unnecessarily goes against Christ’s teachings of compassion and mercy. Piglet castration involves tremendous pain and fear for the sake of taste only. As Christians we need to empathize with the suffering of God’s animals and try to reduce it to the best of our abilities. Adopting a plant-based diet helps us show compassion and mercy to animals raised for food.

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