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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

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)
Nov 12, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 11, 2017 TATYANA taty
Nov 11, 2017 Susan Lanes
Nov 11, 2017 Brayden Keys
Nov 11, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Nov 11, 2017 Michael Torosian
Nov 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Sammarco
Nov 11, 2017 Serenella Castri
Nov 11, 2017 Bonnie Steiger Pigs already know how to make babies, give birth and nurture. Leave them alone to do it.
Nov 11, 2017 Al DeRoy
Nov 11, 2017 Anne Prost
Nov 11, 2017 Margaret McGullam
Nov 10, 2017 Judy Spielmacher
Nov 8, 2017 susan turmell This is a terrible and needless and cruel practice that needs to end NOW
Nov 8, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 8, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Nov 6, 2017 Jan Hansen This cruel practice should have been banned ages ago. Make it stop NOW.
Nov 6, 2017 Dawne Salloum
Nov 6, 2017 Louise Simone
Nov 4, 2017 Angel Miravalles
Nov 3, 2017 Lindsay Miravalles
Nov 3, 2017 Green 400 Magazine This is just barbaric and American farmers are just filthy pigs themselves. Stop this horrendous practice immediately.
Nov 3, 2017 Tatiana Shelenga
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Nov 2, 2017 Heather Marshall
Nov 2, 2017 Alicia Orr
Nov 2, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 2, 2017 Denise Saccone
Nov 1, 2017 marianne cresci stop abusing our animals.
Nov 1, 2017 Stephane Pecenka
Nov 1, 2017 Kandy Chewning
Oct 31, 2017 Petra Beekmans
Oct 31, 2017 Astrid Süßbrich
Oct 30, 2017 Steven Strode
Oct 29, 2017 Mary Demarest-Paraan
Oct 29, 2017 Debra Wills
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 28, 2017 Fabian Müller
Oct 26, 2017 Krystal Burroughs

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