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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

Sep 22, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Sep 22, 2017 Kelly Nestelroad
Sep 22, 2017 Cynthia Benkert
Sep 22, 2017 Mary Hunt
Sep 22, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Sep 22, 2017 Vik Cooke
Sep 20, 2017 Arleen Barber
Sep 19, 2017 Kenneth Canty
Sep 18, 2017 Emily O'Brien It is absolutely sickening to realize that people exist who could do something this horrendous to other living beings! It is especially difficult to imagine a species as intelligent as pigs being forced to live in these conditions. Please stop this now!
Sep 18, 2017 Harold and Georgi Mortensen
Sep 18, 2017 Susan Kilgore
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) What is wrong with this country to allow this practice to continue? It is inhumane, barbaric, and plainly animal abuse! There are other more humane ways to handle this situation. These people should received stiff fines.
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie McCrimmon
Sep 6, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 3, 2017 arline lohli
Sep 1, 2017 Lori Dungey
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2017 Blaze Bhence
Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 28, 2017 Christina Adkins
Aug 27, 2017 Lara Hembom
Aug 24, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Aug 23, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Aug 22, 2017 Christina Anderson What makes humans think they have some sort of "right" to enslave other sentient beings, for their own greed??
Aug 22, 2017 jane Leavitt
Aug 22, 2017 Kathryn Robertson
Aug 21, 2017 christine resch
Aug 21, 2017 Ben Cachola
Aug 21, 2017 Kay Roberts
Aug 21, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Aug 20, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 20, 2017 Jeffrey Carey
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Deja Brown
Aug 20, 2017 Kristine Cunningham
Aug 20, 2017 Charles Calhoun
Aug 20, 2017 Nina Pykare
Aug 20, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 20, 2017 Aviva Shliselberg
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird DISGUSTING
Aug 20, 2017 lynn szurek
Aug 16, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier

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