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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

Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 alison barazani
Dec 12, 2017 Susan Dixon
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 7, 2017 Suzanne Rosenorn
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2017 Dawn Spencer
Dec 2, 2017 C.K. Nuetzie Jasiorkowski
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2017 doris gonen
Nov 28, 2017 SERGIO ANTON
Nov 26, 2017 Brian Paulus
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles I agree wholeheartedly with Helen Decker.
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 DWAYNE KNIRK
Nov 22, 2017 Helene Green
Nov 22, 2017 Jamie Phillips
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Kathy Sutter
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Beth Stauber
Nov 19, 2017 Linda Johnson
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Nicholas Chatfield
Nov 18, 2017 Valerie marks
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) STOP this immediately.
Nov 18, 2017 Martine cuisenaire
Nov 18, 2017 aya oda
Nov 17, 2017 Laurie Pottish
Nov 17, 2017 Katt Sims
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 16, 2017 Evelyn Cuevas
Nov 16, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 16, 2017 Helen Decker We should, at the very least, treat humanely the animals that we slaughter for meat. It is the least we can do, and it minimizes the harmful stress hormones that we end up ingesting-if we can,t find any empathy in our hearts, then consider self interest.
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Kelly Erwin
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Gillian Shults
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Gina Arens
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Jenkins

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