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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


Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Marjie Thornton
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Carol De Hart
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 16, 2018 Leslie Cooper
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Thomas friedman
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Dionne
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 Millamaria Vaittinen
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
Jun 1, 2018 Kiri Talbot
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2018 T Boettger
May 31, 2018 Lili Shintani
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 31, 2018 Lindsay Sworthout
May 30, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 30, 2018 Brandi Shelby
May 30, 2018 Christina Robertson
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Niki O'Connor
May 29, 2018 Marly Wexler
May 29, 2018 Susan Graham
May 29, 2018 Sue King
May 29, 2018 Donna Pacheco
May 29, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 28, 2018 Istvan Kozak
May 28, 2018 Bernie Doherty
May 28, 2018 Anita Phillips
May 28, 2018 Anna Clark
May 28, 2018 Caroline McKinney Spend one day in one of your crates - You are just the most loathsome kind of people.

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