Australia is considering a ban on sow stalls, with that country's pork industry conducting a review of the potential costs to producers.
Australian Pork Limited says, without stalls, pork production would decrease but labor needs would increase, meaning production costs would go up. Still, APL would consider phasing out stalls if the government and retailers support such action.
Last week, the Australian state of Tasmania decided to phase out stalls over a three-year period, beginning in 2014.
The U.S. pork industry believes -- as does the American Veterinary Medical Association -- that the husbandry skills of caregivers, not the type of housing, is the most important factor in ensuring the well-being of pigs.