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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


Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 16, 2018 Kristopher Deapen
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 13, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Jean McDermott
Jun 8, 2018 Mary Keating
Jun 7, 2018 Rosemarie La Cour
Jun 7, 2018 Susan Diller
May 29, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 27, 2018 Kim DelMonico
May 25, 2018 Jessica Sade STOP FORCING ANIMALS INTO SLAVERY!!!
May 25, 2018 Alison Aplin
May 25, 2018 Judith Hansell Stop this horrific cruelty!!
May 25, 2018 Angela Tafoya
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 Joan Heezen
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 22, 2018 Deena Walker This is so cruel. Stop this practice
May 21, 2018 Diane Tabbott
May 21, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
May 21, 2018 Claire Ford
May 21, 2018 Chantal Vagnat
May 21, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 21, 2018 Janet Clarke Please ban gestation crates immediately and rear all livestock humanely.
May 21, 2018 Heather Huddleston
May 17, 2018 Amina Dhumaad
May 17, 2018 Arline Hoskinson
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 15, 2018 Megan Mcgovern
May 14, 2018 Veronica Karingada
May 14, 2018 Ruhi Tolley
May 14, 2018 Lisa Delabre
May 14, 2018 Jeanne Waliczek
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 7, 2018 Robert Furem
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 2, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury No other animal on the planet is guilty of the deliberate infliction of suffering as we "humans". Not evil enough that we think nothing of torturing animals so that we can have a fucking hamburger, we have to torture them all the way to slaughter. Bravo.
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 29, 2018 Linda Payne

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