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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Liles
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 Debra Trimble
Jul 18, 2018 Teri Stone
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName68034975458417 jmetetlastName612816062102064 jmeterComment2259
Jul 18, 2018 nellie medlin
Jul 18, 2018 Erin Johnson
Jul 18, 2018 Jennifer Day
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Bree Gosselink
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Sick and inhumane!
Jul 17, 2018 Marsha Cruea
Jul 17, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jul 17, 2018 Connie Hope-Bly
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Shirley Baker
Jul 17, 2018 Cynthia Elsensohn
Jul 17, 2018 Jean Diamond
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Joan Autry Pigs are smart, sweet, very clean and devoted to their spouses ane their masters. They SHOULD NOT BE TREATED THIS WAY!!
Jul 17, 2018 Erin McCarty
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Solomon
Jul 17, 2018 Oliver McGinnis
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 A Davis
Jul 17, 2018 Jeanette Rea
Jul 17, 2018 Helen Robinson
Jul 16, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 16, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 16, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 Mark Jennerjohn
Jul 16, 2018 Deena Walker Three are no words for this horror!
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 12, 2018 Iris & Patty Yermak
Jul 11, 2018 HELEN JONES
Jul 11, 2018 Barbara McNeil
Jul 11, 2018 Celina Fiorino
Jul 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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