In the Atria meat chain, animals do not undergo any unnecessary painful physical alterations
Procedures considered necessary for the time being include male pig castration (to stave off boar taint) and calf de-horning. Male pigs are surgically castrated within five days of birth using pain analgesia. We are actively investigating alternative solutions to eliminate castration in the chain.
Calves are reared in freely roaming groups and sharp horns constitute a physical risk for other animals and a safety risk for carers. The Atria bovine service pays extra to have calves de-horned by a veterinary officer using analgesia in group rearing facilities. In Atria's chain, animals do not have their tails docked, chickens are not debeaked and bull calves are not castrated.