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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


Aug 12, 2018 Linda Tabb
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Mike Anderson
Aug 3, 2018 Yolanda Harned
Aug 3, 2018 Danielle Stidham
Aug 3, 2018 julie Alicea
Aug 3, 2018 Bari Bowles
Aug 3, 2018 Sally Madigan
Aug 3, 2018 Bonnie Deare
Aug 2, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Aug 2, 2018 Kathleen Nagy-DeRosa
Aug 2, 2018 Sunny Marling
Aug 2, 2018 Renate Letrent
Aug 2, 2018 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Aug 2, 2018 Lori Colon
Aug 2, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Aug 2, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Aug 2, 2018 Susan Frederick
Aug 2, 2018 Frank Florio
Aug 2, 2018 Diane Krawec
Aug 2, 2018 Heidi Mugrauer Put a stop to this its cruel and horrible to treat an animal like this
Aug 2, 2018 Lubna Saied
Aug 2, 2018 Donna Partin
Aug 2, 2018 Beverly Parker
Aug 2, 2018 Alison Hewitson
Aug 2, 2018 Mary Robertson
Aug 2, 2018 CAROL BECK
Aug 2, 2018 Jamie Polczynski
Aug 2, 2018 Virginia Belanger What a miserably cruel life these animals have. so unnecessary and heartless.
Aug 2, 2018 Paulette Tipper
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 25, 2018 Janet McKee Charge a little more and give these poor creatures a break.
Jul 22, 2018 JANNA PERKINS
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 21, 2018 chris mills
Jul 21, 2018 mary jackson How disgusting. This practice needs to be outlawed or the company put out of business. Terrible!!!
Jul 20, 2018 Lisa Brevig
Jul 20, 2018 Barbara Hauck
Jul 20, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 R Mathoorasingh
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Krause
Jul 19, 2018 Donalyn Gross
Jul 18, 2018 Teresa Underwood
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo

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