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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 21, 2018 Brenda Philipsen
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Mar 20, 2018 linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Nancy Walsh
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa MacAllister
Mar 20, 2018 Diana Jones
Mar 19, 2018 Bailey Hanson
Mar 19, 2018 Evelyn Mancino
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Mar 18, 2018 Kate Gualtieri
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 Gerald Ryan
Mar 18, 2018 Mary Stallard
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 18, 2018 David Young
Mar 17, 2018 H. M. Sustaita
Mar 17, 2018 Suzanne Lenhart
Mar 17, 2018 Marsha Williams
Mar 17, 2018 Paul Foulger
Mar 17, 2018 Debra Lichstein
Mar 17, 2018 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Jamie Daniels
Mar 16, 2018 Sally Sandine
Mar 16, 2018 Wilbert Andrews
Mar 16, 2018 Gerald Ladd
Mar 16, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Kathrine Jones
Mar 15, 2018 Lina Guerrero
Mar 15, 2018 Mary Ellen Meli
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 Carly Wheeler
Mar 15, 2018 Diana Monks
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Heinsch
Mar 15, 2018 Shirley Petersen
Mar 15, 2018 pilar blas
Mar 15, 2018 CRISTINA OLIVA Help End The Use Of Gestation Crates! Stop this disgusting practice of forced isolation and confinement!
Mar 15, 2018 Christine Brazzell
Mar 12, 2018 Renee Reinero
Mar 11, 2018 Lisa Guerra
Mar 11, 2018 Holly Foster
Mar 10, 2018 Courtney Wall
Mar 10, 2018 Yvette Kolonia
Mar 10, 2018 Vanessa Jack
Mar 10, 2018 Angela Flanagan

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