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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 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 11, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 11, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 11, 2018 James Deep
Feb 11, 2018 Kati Sonnenburg
Feb 7, 2018 bruce hall
Feb 5, 2018 Jane Davidson
Jan 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Nancy Svejda Very cruel, not humane.
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 20, 2018 Lou McMullen
Jan 18, 2018 Christina Konle
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 11, 2018 Ingrid Plesch-Gries
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 2, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 23, 2017 marge beck This barbaric and outdated practice has got to stop--we need to work together to stop it--
Dec 21, 2017 Kenneth Lapointe
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 12, 2017 Donna Channen
Nov 26, 2017 Pablo Bobe
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 21, 2017 Freya Harris
Nov 20, 2017 Terri Robb
Nov 19, 2017 Sarah Thao
Nov 19, 2017 Nancy Daniel
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Costolo
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Diana Monks
Nov 18, 2017 Henry hall
Nov 18, 2017 YVONNE Christison
Nov 18, 2017 Jenn Pfrogner
Nov 18, 2017 J MASSETTI
Nov 14, 2017 Beata Morgunova
Nov 14, 2017 Liz Goumas
Nov 13, 2017 Geoffrey Frank
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 Camelia Mitu
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 JANICK SANSON
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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