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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

Feb 21, 2018 Deirdre O'Doherty
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 Mary Bartlett
Feb 20, 2018 Ragnhild Brännström
Feb 19, 2018 Linda Probeck
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Brandy Thompson So very wrong
Feb 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 18, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Anne Montgomery
Feb 17, 2018 Julie Cipale
Feb 17, 2018 Mary Dugan
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Kristine Renick
Feb 16, 2018 Mindy Schech
Feb 15, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 14, 2018 Teresa Anderson This practice is horrific and inhumane. Please put an end to this nation wide as soon as possible.
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 carla bond
Feb 11, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Feb 11, 2018 Caren Ferris
Feb 11, 2018 Margit Maguire
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad whenever you put bacon or pork chops on your plate think what that pig experienced...Think...Think.
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Deborah Kerns this cruelty needs to end Country wide!!!
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 5, 2018 Russell Hopson We don't treat convicted murderers this badly. Why is it aloud for innocent animals.
Feb 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 McKayla Murphy
Feb 2, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 Annabelle Travis
Jan 23, 2018 Lens Lucas
Jan 23, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Jan 23, 2018 Morgan Wight
Jan 23, 2018 Simeon Kohlbacher
Jan 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2018 Michael Dollard This has got to END!!!
Jan 22, 2018 Laura and Bill Congdon
Jan 21, 2018 Christopher Lang

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