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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

Aug 13, 2018 Misty McFarland
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton Would love to see the owners live their lives in these crates.
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Keith Michelen
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 Sharon Funk
Aug 13, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Joseph Ambat
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 13, 2018 Megan Pratt
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Natalie Crow
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 4, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 4, 2018 Evgenia Bludenova
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 2, 2018 Isabel Figueiras
Aug 2, 2018 Omar Pivaral
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Sylvie Costes
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 28, 2018 hameau catherine
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 Terri Gordon-Davis
Jul 25, 2018 Janet McKee Charge a little more for food and give these poor creatures a break.
Jul 25, 2018 Ronnie Visser
Jul 23, 2018 Anna Szmidt
Jul 23, 2018 Bérénice Szajner
Jul 23, 2018 Karen Deckel
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 Shawn Grause
Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 DEBRA WILSON
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 20, 2018 L. Arce
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny

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