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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

May 25, 2018 Jessie Osborne
May 25, 2018 Roe Jewell
May 25, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 25, 2018 Lucy Kelly
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 25, 2018 Leigh Ashman
May 25, 2018 Natasja Welthagen
May 24, 2018 Velinka Hughes
May 24, 2018 Madeleine Norris Sincerely a proud vegan
May 24, 2018 S. Rydel
May 22, 2018 Bev DeSomber
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster
May 21, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 21, 2018 Elva Munro
May 21, 2018 Dorian Canalizo
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Cathy Fuller it's cruel an awful torture for animals to live there lives in such a confined space!!! they should at least be allowed to live there lives with each other comfortably while they can! factory farming is just another way of turning a profit !
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Verona Petrou
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Kelly McPherson
May 19, 2018 Rex De Silva
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Kathy Fuller
May 18, 2018 Leanne Keane
May 18, 2018 Freda Barrett Gestation crates are cruel and inhumane. The people who use them should have to live in them for a while and then they would know how cruel they are.
May 18, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 18, 2018 Judi Kaleh
May 18, 2018 Jessica Haag
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Gloria Goodman
May 18, 2018 Linda Walker
May 18, 2018 Marianne Cresci
May 18, 2018 Heidi Mugrauer Put an end to this stop the abuse

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