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Public backs tether ban.

The British public believe supermarkets should back higher welfare for pigs and only sell meat produced in the UK without the use of sow stalls and tethers.

According to Compassion in World Farming which commissioned the poll, 74% are against this kind of factory farm system, banned in the UK from January 1 1999.

So far only Marks and Spencer has declared itself `stall & tether free' although according to CIWF other companies are making welcome progress.

The organisation remains concerned that generally, policy commitments to sell stall and tether free products do not extend to pigmeat sold under brand labels as opposed to retailer own label.

* Budgens says that from April all pork and own label bacon sold in its stores will be British. Some pork products are currently imported from Belgium, said the chain.
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Date:Jan 30, 1999
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