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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

Apr 27, 2017 Joy Brown
Apr 27, 2017 Ruth Gold
Apr 27, 2017 Eve Senkovich
Apr 26, 2017 Michelle Santhanam
Apr 26, 2017 Rita Leone
Apr 26, 2017 alexandra ioannides
Apr 26, 2017 Patricia Olson
Apr 25, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Apr 25, 2017 Franca Faustini
Apr 24, 2017 Barbara Mellon
Apr 24, 2017 Meg Blanchard
Apr 24, 2017 Nick Walls
Apr 24, 2017 Abi Maez garcia
Apr 24, 2017 Nicholas Flanagan
Apr 24, 2017 Liz Power
Apr 24, 2017 Sandy Loney
Apr 24, 2017 Carol Lloyd
Apr 24, 2017 Ann Bertens
Apr 24, 2017 jan jans
Apr 24, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Apr 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2017 Phyl Morello
Apr 23, 2017 Kim Williams
Apr 23, 2017 Terri Gits
Apr 23, 2017 Debbie Reed
Apr 23, 2017 Lisa Tibbetts
Apr 22, 2017 Beah Robinson
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2017 patricia lutke
Apr 22, 2017 Sarah Amaral
Apr 22, 2017 Dat Tran
Apr 21, 2017 Simone Duffin
Apr 21, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Apr 21, 2017 Thao Vu
Apr 21, 2017 Brittney Coles-Webb
Apr 21, 2017 janese hexon
Apr 21, 2017 Bren Cozad
Apr 21, 2017 barbara vallini
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 Julia French
Apr 21, 2017 Ann Gould Massoubre
Apr 21, 2017 Virginia FRICK
Apr 21, 2017 graciela kries
Apr 21, 2017 Lora Hamman
Apr 21, 2017 Angelita O'Connor
Apr 21, 2017 Carol Dibbens
Apr 21, 2017 paula overby
Apr 20, 2017 Jeanette Moldovan I don't buy Any Smithfield Food products and I live very close, I ask all my friends to do the same.
Apr 20, 2017 Brenda Cruz

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