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Imagine being confined to a steel pen without enough room to even turn around, being forced to stand and lay on a slatted floor, and living a couple feet above your own waste. For more than 5 million pigs in the United States, this is a horrendous reality.

Every year, millions of breeding sows are locked in gestation crates at 7 months of age, impregnated, and forced to live out their lives standing in their crates waiting to give birth. Not only are they unable to turn around or move, they suffer from respiratory illnesses caused by living a few feet above their feces, and with no stimulation or ability to play, these incredibly clever animals develop severe neurotic issues. Once she gives birth, the pig is moved to an equally restrictive crate to nurse, but is unable to turn around to see her piglets for the two weeks or so before they are taken away.

This cycle continues over and over, year after year, until the sow is “used up” and sent to be slaughtered. During that time they are isolated, suffering from boredom and fear, and are unable to even meet the piglets they are forced to have. It is a horrific form of torture, and it can’t continue!

Twelve states have banned gestation crates in the United States, but that is not enough! This inhumane practice should be banned across the country. Join us in calling upon the United States Department of Agriculture to end the use of gestation crates!

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To the Secretary of Agriculture,

Each year, millions of sows are forced into gestation crates, a tiny cage that doesn’t even provide them room to turn around. They live above their own waste, and are forced to give birth over and over before being discarded. It’s a life of boredom, isolation, and fear that would be considered severe animal abuse in any other setting.

Gestation crates are harmful enough to have prompted 12 states to ban their use, but that is far from enough. America’s largest pork producing states still allow the use of gestation crates, despite mounting evidence that more humane practices are not only more effective, but more profitable. The time has come to put a ban on gestation crates across the United States.

Two of the United States’ largest pork producers, Cargill and Smithfield Foods, have already started cutting ties with farmers that use gestation crates, a clear sign that it is time to end their usage.

Secretary, I urge you to put an end to gestation crates across the country.


Petition Signatures

Mar 25, 2017 Karen Mauney
Mar 25, 2017 Kelly Ruggeri
Mar 25, 2017 Charlene Eichorn Unbelievable cruelty
Mar 25, 2017 Maja Berlin I will not buy pork from companies who keep sows in gestation crates.
Mar 25, 2017 Moni Soto
Mar 25, 2017 Pat Scimone
Mar 25, 2017 Denise Grappone
Mar 25, 2017 cheryl kaake
Mar 25, 2017 Amy Hayman Gestation crates are beyond cruel and unnecessary. The 21st century is calling so end factory farming like this!
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is mean and cruel
Mar 25, 2017 Clare Madrigal
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) We need to advocate for humane practices.
Mar 25, 2017 Debra Mastrilli Disgusting how they treat these animals
Mar 25, 2017 Connie Martinez
Mar 25, 2017 Jim Cosgrove Truly horrific- this needs to stop!
Mar 25, 2017 Wendy Silva
Mar 25, 2017 Lisa Laino
Mar 25, 2017 Lisa Hammerle
Mar 25, 2017 Karen Chiroux Please end the cruelty! We will not suppprt this!
Mar 25, 2017 Sabrina Garrison
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Camille Weiss
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this this cruel behavior. It's bad enough that we kill animals for human greed and consumption , do we need to torture them in the process?
Mar 25, 2017 Paulette Messino Please stop this cruel and abusive practice! It is inhumane and it needs to stop!
Mar 25, 2017 Steph B
Mar 25, 2017 Diana Lawrence
Mar 25, 2017 Felicia Barber
Mar 25, 2017 Jamie Padilla Stop
Mar 25, 2017 Mary Crain
Mar 25, 2017 Pam Marciszewski
Mar 25, 2017 Renee Zegarski I am vegetarian partially for this reason. It's ok to eat animals, but they deserve to be treated humanely during their lives. Profit should not be the only consideration in farming, that is not a sustainable way of life.
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please ban gestation crates for pigs/animals and allow them to roam freely. It is unhealthy and inhumane.
Mar 25, 2017 Kacie White Please let them roam and give them a good quality life!
Mar 25, 2017 Heather Weitz
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 suz pal THIS IS AWFUL
Mar 25, 2017 Tonya Johnson
Mar 25, 2017 Cecilia Fernandez
Mar 25, 2017 Jundt Suzanne Please stop the torture!
Mar 25, 2017 Lisa Cool
Mar 24, 2017 Tina Solomon
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Laura Harrington
Mar 24, 2017 Michelle Johnson
Mar 24, 2017 Deborah Menei
Mar 24, 2017 Alecia McInerney
Mar 24, 2017 Carmela Funaro
Mar 24, 2017 Mary Escoto

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