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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

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
Jul 17, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Jul 16, 2018 Sandra Whitener
Jul 12, 2018 Shelia Ellis
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 5, 2018 jackie lewthwaite
Jun 30, 2018 Cary Dennis
Jun 30, 2018 Kim Ward This practice is sickening. The animals need treating as the intelligent, sentient being that they are. Humans have no right to treat our animal friends this way.
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short Cruel and unnecessary practice
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jun 29, 2018 Petra Achtzehnter
Jun 29, 2018 John Dalla
Jun 29, 2018 J.W.M. Boeser
Jun 29, 2018 Maria Craigie
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 22, 2018 Jutta Taraniuk
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 Alison Aplin
May 25, 2018 Judith Hansell Stop this horrific cruelty!!
May 25, 2018 Angela Tafoya
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta

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