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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

Sep 18, 2017 LINDA LUCAS to be so uncaring. what is this country coming to?
Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Jillian Beaulieu
Sep 15, 2017 Joan Winchester
Sep 14, 2017 Lesley Thomas
Sep 14, 2017 Terry Henderson
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Cecelia Mondoc
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Louise Broderick
Sep 13, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Sep 13, 2017 Silvia Stafforini
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Cindy Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Adrienne Friederich
Sep 13, 2017 Charmain Devereaux
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham Those r disgusting, I wonder how the farmer would love to live in one of those all day every day till slaughter time, even their babies can't be with them properly...sad.
Sep 8, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Sep 7, 2017 Karmen Kinsey
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 Katarina DURJAK
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Sharon Hines
Sep 6, 2017 Dawn Carter
Sep 6, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 maristela machado
Sep 4, 2017 Janna Ellsworth
Sep 4, 2017 Pamela Zambriski
Sep 4, 2017 Holly Davis
Sep 3, 2017 clare stoddern dont even provide them room to turn around. They live above their own waste, and are forced to give birth over and over
Sep 3, 2017 Donna Riddle

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