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Gestation crates are the cages that pigs are kept in during pregnancy. These crates are so tiny that the pregnant pigs can’t even move around; they must sit still for months – sometimes even in their own excrement. Designed for efficiency, gestation crates squish as many pigs as possible within small spaces. After the pigs give birth, they are moved to slights larger farrowing crates and then are forced to return to the gestation crates when they are impregnated five and seven more times. Their babies are stolen for slaughter and eventually, the mothers are slaughtered too.

Battery cages are tiny wire cages that hens are stuffed into on egg farms. The cages are so small that the hens cannot even spread their wings. The hens suffer tremendously in these cramped, unsanitary cages until they can no longer lay eggs and thus, are slaughtered.

In 2016, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), an organization dedicated to representing the interests of retail businesses all across the country, announced that its member businesses would have to phase out gestation cages and battery cages. They made headlines and were applauded for their steps to increase animal welfare standards. The shift was supposed to occur by 2022 and 2025; however, in March of 2021, the RCC announced that it was no longer going to follow through with these promises. Instead, the animal welfare guidelines would simply be voluntary.

Animal agriculture has got to go, and on the way, companies have to stick to their initial welfare promises.Sign this petition to demand the Retail Council of Canada show remain true to their animal welfare promises! They need to phase out the use of chicken battery cages and pig gestation crates for all member businesses by 2022!

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