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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


Apr 15, 2018 lidia Bankosz
Apr 15, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Apr 15, 2018 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
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Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Mary Stallard
Apr 14, 2018 Beverlee Johnson
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 9, 2018 Sandra Beall
Apr 9, 2018 Julia Loving
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Apr 5, 2018 Patricia Gregory
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Apr 5, 2018 Amy Gibson
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 Alma Spaulding
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 2, 2018 regina sondej
Apr 2, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 2, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 SCOT STIER
Apr 1, 2018 Mary Smith
Apr 1, 2018 Valerie Sanderson
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 30, 2018 m Bradburn
Mar 29, 2018 Julie Hansen
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 29, 2018 Adelle White The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 27, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Mar 27, 2018 WENDY LEVY
Mar 27, 2018 Margaret Randall
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Debra Lichstein
Mar 27, 2018 Dianne Rogers
Mar 27, 2018 Lina Guerrero
Mar 27, 2018 Dale Drouin
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Chandler Stanley
Mar 26, 2018 Martha Jaquith
Mar 26, 2018 Arthur Seligman
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 Lisa TRENDALL
Mar 25, 2018 Leanne Keane
Mar 25, 2018 angus murris
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