Media release by the
South African Pork Producers' Organisation (SAPPO)
28 January 2011

Proposed change to SAPPO welfare code on gestation stalls
Interim statement from SAPPO on gestation crates/tethers

The South African Pork Producers' Organisation (SAPPO) is in continual discussions with the NSPCA in regard to phasing out gestation crates and other aspects of SAPPO’s Welfare code.

Tethers are no longer used in South Africa as they were banned in 2000.

The following time frames are being discussed for the phasing out of gestation crates: -

As of 1st January 2020 pregnant sows may only be kept in gestation crates for a maximum of 63 days. Sows housed out of crates may be housed in groups, or in individual pens as long as space provided allows sows to turn around easily.


South African farmers should not be disadvantaged by the significant investment costs to adopt new welfare standards. Therefore, realistic time frames to change housing systems, and to educate the consumer that locally produced pork is produced under similar if not better welfare standards compared to other countries.


Dr Peter Evans (BVSc)
Veterinary Liaison Officer
Mobile: 082 416 7196

Mr SF Streicher
Chief Executive Officer
Tel. (012) 361-3920