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Confining mother pigs in gestation crates is an incredibly cruel practice that restricts the movement of these animals so much so that they cannot stand up or turn around. These intelligent and sentient animals must spend their entire lives in this terrible condition.

Thankfully, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal protection advocates have worked to enact laws to ban gestation crates in the U.S. Currently, nine U.S. states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and Rhode Island — have passed such laws. What’s more, some of the world’s largest food companies have announced that they will also eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

But, can we take it even further? Our neighbors to the north have showed us how it’s done by enacting a full ban on gestation crates in all of Canada!

According to the HSUS, “The ban is included in the National Farm Animal Care Council’s new Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. As mandated by the Codes, ‘For all holdings newly built or rebuilt or brought into use for the first time after July 1, 2014, mated gilts and sows must be housed in groups.’ The Codes also make clear the future of sow housing in Canada must allow animals greater freedom of movement.”

We are loving all this positive news for animals! This is an absolutely huge first step to creating a better environment for farm animals, and we hope that the U.S. follows suit.

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40 comments on “Victory for Pigs! Canada Bans Gestation Crates”

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Pedro Pons
4 Years Ago

Yes Canada,

Ellen L. Roemer
4 Years Ago

As a younger person I learned that big mama pigs roll onto the newborns so a birthing pen saved them. As soon as the birthing was done they moved to a stall pen. Maybe this would be better. Vegan is not an option for some even if we have cut down on the amount of meat we still are omnivorous.

Martha Dee
4 Years Ago

The US needs to implement the same regulations!

MarkMary JenningsLoughrey
4 Years Ago

That is cruel and unnecessary.Mary

Alexandra Sidarous
4 Years Ago

Still sad that these beautiful creatures are getting killed so we can have pork chops and bacon! :( But at least it's a step in the right direction!

Helen Trantalis
17 Jan 2017

Hello Alexandra, it\'s so good to hear that after so many years we can still have things in common. Hope you remember me and that we can keep in touch. Please give me some news. In case your memory fails, we where friends in high school. Hope to hear from you soon. [email protected]

Louise Leopold Afanasiw
4 Years Ago

Go vegan! Keep writing Walmart to stop using gestation crates!

Michael Del Valle
4 Years Ago

I raise one litter of piglets each year and I would never keep MISS PIGGY penned up. She is free to roam the farm and I provide a maternity pen for her and the piglets.

Kay Starr
4 Years Ago


Sarah Spencer
4 Years Ago

I don't even want to know what the gestational crate is :( come on America. Why do we always have to be last to catch on!?!?

Gregory Zimmerman
4 Years Ago

a happy piggy equals happy bacon :)


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