Target: Edward Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Fidelity
Goal: Convince a major financial services company to stop investing in a corporation using cramped, inhumane cages to house its breeding pigs
When most people hear the word “pig,” one of two images generally comes to mind. Either they picture a rack of bacon or else a carefree creature wallowing in the mud. What most people don’t understand however is that there is much more to the average pig than simply rolling about in a mud wallow. These are intelligent, intensely emotional creatures. They develop powerful family bonds, dream, and are as loyal and as smart as domesticated dogs. They make loving pets as well. Why then are we allowing them to be treated so poorly?
Companies like Seaboard Foods keep their breeding pigs in devices called gestation crates: cages so small they prevent animals from even turning around or taking more than a single step forward or backward for their entire lives. Domestic pigs can live for 11 to 14 years, and sows are forced to give birth to anywhere between two and three liters of piglets per year. Many of these sows spend a decade or more in these crates doing nothing but eating, sleeping and breeding.
These crates are widely considered inhumane, and their use already banned in nine states including California and Florida. The worst part is gestation crates aren’t even the most cost effective way to breed pigs. Studies have concluded that piglets bred in group housing systems are actually more cost effective than those from sows who are being tortured in these barbaric cages.
No matter what their ultimate fate there is no excuse for the mistreatment and torture of these gentle and intelligent creatures. Convince major financial services company Fidelity to stop supporting animal cruelty by ending all investment in Seaboard Foods.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
Fidelity is a company focused on creating a stable and sustainable future for everyone. Isn’t that exactly what an investment company should do? Given this focus, why does your company insist on investing in corporations like Seaboard Foods that depend on inhumane practices?
Seaboard Foods is one of the largest pork producers in the United States, but at what cost? They keep their breeding sows trapped for years in gestation crates that don’t give these poor creatures enough room to even turn around. These barbaric crates have already been banned in nine states and in dozens of countries across the globe. I call on you to stop investing in Seaboard Foods until such time that they cease the use of these atrocious gestation crates. There is no excuse for animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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