Animals suffer unimaginable abuse in factory farms. They are kept in cramped cages, stolen from their mothers, mutilated, bred to unnatural sizes, and tortured until they are slaughtered for people to eat. It’s so heartbreaking to hear about the atrocities that animals endure at the hands of humans and despite all of the footage and evidence of this cruelty, factory farms are still the norm in the U.S.
One of the cruel practices common for factory farms is the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs. Gestation crates are cages that pigs are kept in during pregnancy. These crates are so tiny that the pigs have no room to move around or switch positions and must sit in their own excrement. Gestation crates are designed for efficiency by keeping as many pigs as possible within a small space. These pigs are usually bred between five and seven times, one after the other, before beng slaughtered. Her babies are immediately taken away and will also be slaughtered for meat within a few months of being born.
Because of public pressure to rid farms of these cruel apparatuses, some companies pledged to phase out their use of gestation crates. However, according to World Animal Protection, many of these companies have yet to follow through. They created a Quit Stalling Report which found that 1/3 of the companies that they studied were still using gestation crates. One of these companies is Smithfield Foods, the largest producer of pork in the entire world.
While working to end factory farming, let’s also work to lessen the suffering of factory-farmed animals in the meantime. Sign this petition to demand that Smithfield Foods follows through with their promise by removing all gestation crates from their facilities!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Ban Gestation Crates That Imprison Pigs for Constant Breeding!
- Tell IFC to Divest from Factory Farming
- No More Bailouts for Factory Farms
- End Cruel Chick Culling and Maceration
- End Factory Farming in the United States
- Eliminate Ag-Gag Laws Which Prevent Footage of Cruelty in Animal Agriculture Industry to be Released to the Public
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