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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

Jul 22, 2017 diane applin
Jul 22, 2017 Sandy Tesar
Jul 21, 2017 Marci Turner
Jul 21, 2017 Cindy Mekka
Jul 21, 2017 Kristal Wallace Please stop this cruel act!! It is harmful and unnecessary!!
Jul 20, 2017 Susan Bain
Jul 20, 2017 marianne perdu
Jul 20, 2017 Marilyn O'Loughlin
Jul 20, 2017 Cat Mailander
Jul 19, 2017 Julie Haugen
Jul 19, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 18, 2017 Rogério Correia
Jul 18, 2017 Pamela Benton
Jul 18, 2017 David Pedrero
Jul 18, 2017 Cynthia Knapp
Jul 18, 2017 JIMMY RIVERA
Jul 18, 2017 Mercedes Ante
Jul 17, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 17, 2017 Victoria Resurreccion
Jul 17, 2017 SUZANNE GRUNBERG This so cruel those poor pigs being raped and forced to live their existence standing up??? What sort of inhumane practice is this?? STOP THIS NOW!!!
Jul 16, 2017 Christine Ciempola
Jul 15, 2017 Justine Riant
Jul 15, 2017 Gloria J Howard
Jul 14, 2017 Jennifer DiasDaCosta
Jul 14, 2017 Rosy Morales
Jul 14, 2017 stacy brainard
Jul 14, 2017 Maria Stonestreet
Jul 14, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 14, 2017 Nina Morales
Jul 14, 2017 Janice Flood
Jul 13, 2017 Chemane Krasner
Jul 12, 2017 Jocalynn Lambert
Jul 12, 2017 Robin Abbott As our human numbers increase the suffering of everything will increase!!!
Jul 11, 2017 Joseph Nigro
Jul 11, 2017 Carla Horn
Jul 10, 2017 Joe Ackerman
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 10, 2017 SUE NUSBAUM
Jul 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jul 10, 2017 Sharrell Callaway
Jul 10, 2017 Margarita Gil
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes
Jul 9, 2017 Debby Miller
Jul 9, 2017 Simone Grant
Jul 8, 2017 Lily Eshuis
Jul 8, 2017 Emily Bevins
Jul 8, 2017 Lou Iannucci

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