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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


Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council These poor pigs deserve better treatment and better living conditions. I know they are miserable! This brings tears to my eyes. Animals suffer, have feelings and feel pain. No animal should have to go through that! No ANIMAL!
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Betty Chan
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
Apr 15, 2018 lisa Weston Bialy
Apr 15, 2018 Debra Terranova
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Buckley
Apr 15, 2018 Catherine Cushny
Apr 15, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 15, 2018 Karen Coll
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Ryan My family no longer purchases or consumes pork products.
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 Vittorio Renda
Apr 14, 2018 stef b
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Sue Hayward
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Hewitt
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Fish
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Velez
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Berberi
Apr 13, 2018 Theresa Simpson
Apr 13, 2018 Jan Hansen
Apr 13, 2018 annick baud
Apr 13, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Apr 13, 2018 J. Lepanto STOP THIS MOTHER FUCKING HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 13, 2018 Elena Shcherbakova
Apr 13, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Craig
Apr 13, 2018 Glenda Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 Tiffany Carder
Apr 13, 2018 Gina Hernandez
Apr 13, 2018 christine schultz
Apr 13, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 13, 2018 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Apr 13, 2018 Edwinice Meyer
Apr 13, 2018 laura boragina ban this cruel practice... there is other humane ways
Apr 12, 2018 Dennis Fuller
Apr 12, 2018 Nancy Glynn
Apr 12, 2018 Nancy ONeal
Apr 12, 2018 Anne Carlson
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 9, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 9, 2018 Anna Stopka
Apr 9, 2018 Dolores Fleming
Apr 9, 2018 M. Estella

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