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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 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 Dubrava Elena
Feb 27, 2017 Lorain MacDonald
Feb 27, 2017 Mary Lannon
Feb 27, 2017 patrizia baldassi
Feb 27, 2017 Pauline Toth
Feb 27, 2017 LINDA Djaileb
Feb 27, 2017 Michelle Sullivan
Feb 27, 2017 Gene Moy
Feb 26, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Feb 26, 2017 Susan Fisher
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz INSANE !!!
Feb 26, 2017 Sarah Crothers
Feb 26, 2017 Juliet Ganpat
Feb 26, 2017 Leslie Carver This is yet another reason why I'm a vegetarian--and I will be until factory farm animal cruelty stops.
Feb 26, 2017 Bonnie Claggett Ban the use of these crates! Animals should not be treated this way.
Feb 26, 2017 Diane Austin
Feb 26, 2017 franca frebet
Feb 26, 2017 Nicole Gugliemini
Feb 26, 2017 Janet Shoemaker
Feb 25, 2017 Dale LaCognata
Feb 25, 2017 Shirley Compton
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 sylvia craft
Feb 25, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Feb 25, 2017 Noemia Ventura
Feb 25, 2017 Pat Redner
Feb 25, 2017 Alexia Zbinden-Leibzig
Feb 25, 2017 Diane Thielemann
Feb 25, 2017 Carla Montes
Feb 24, 2017 Queen Nielson All creatures are here to live free and be supported and loved not abused and eaten
Feb 24, 2017 Isabel Owen
Feb 24, 2017 carleen savarino My taxes pay your salaries. Stop this.
Feb 24, 2017 Jackie Ludwig
Feb 24, 2017 Tracy Birrell Cruel and unnecessary!
Feb 23, 2017 Janet Smith
Feb 23, 2017 heather hammar
Feb 23, 2017 michele rule
Feb 23, 2017 Deborah Hepler
Feb 23, 2017 Dorothy Hazlitt
Feb 23, 2017 L Ryan
Feb 23, 2017 Peggy Marsh
Feb 23, 2017 Ludmila Dmitriev-Odier
Feb 23, 2017 steven rule
Feb 23, 2017 Eva Garet
Feb 23, 2017 Lorraine Corso STOP IT!
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 Gale Cardwell This is so cruel. Please, put an end to this horrid practice.
Feb 23, 2017 elga konietzny

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