Target: David M. Overton, Cheesecake Factory CEO
Goal: Thank a national restaurant chain for taking steps to remove companies that employ inhumane practices from their supply chains
Imagine being trapped in a cage so small that you can’t even turn around. Now imagine being stuck in that cage for your entire life. These cages, known as gestation crates, are the first and final destination for the breeding sows of a number of different pork producing companies. As soon as these sows are of breeding age they are forced into the cages where they are made to bear multiple litters of piglets a year. These torture devices, most of which are too small for the pigs to do anything but take a small step forward or backward, will be where these gentle and intelligent animals spend the majority of their lives.
Pigs are remarkably social, intelligent and gentle animals. They can solve simple puzzles, are as loyal and loving as dogs and even dream when they sleep. Studies have shown that it is more cost effective to create group housing environments for breeding. In spite of this overwhelming evidence there are still a large number of pork producers that insist on keeping breeding sows trapped in barbaric gestation crates.
Thankfully there are others who believe that the use of these torturous cages needs to cease. Restaurants and other businesses around the world have begun removing companies that employ gestation crates from their supply lines. In January, 2014 popular chain restaurant The Cheesecake Factory joined these ranks. Thank the company for its commitment to remove all gestation crates from its supply lines by 2022, therefore helping usher in a brighter and more humane future.
Dear Mr. Overton,
The use of gestation crates to house breeding sows is a barbaric trend that needs to be stopped. On January 14th, 2014 you took an important step in eliminating the use of these atrocious devices by pledging to remove gestation crates from your supply lines.
The use of these crates is cruel and tortuous for the animals, yet many companies continue to use them in spite of the fact that they have already been banned in multiple countries and in nine U.S. states. Thank you for stepping up to say that the mistreatment of animals– even those we raise for food–is unacceptable and will no longer be supported.
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