However, the two co-operatives still face domestic opposition. The merger would create an enormous meat processing business, its annual slaughterings of about 20 million pigs nearly double the UK national kill, and critics fear distortion of livestock markets within Denmark. But advocates of the move say increased scale is needed to counter consolidation of major retailing and further processing sectors in their major markets, and similar trends in the competing pigmeat industries of North and South America as well as within the EU. {{MEAT }}