Target: CEO of Seaboard Foods Terry J. Holton and Officials at Prestage Farms
Goal: Urge Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms to implement humane practices for hog rearing and eliminate the use of cruel gestation crates.
The Humane Society recently went undercover at pig breeding facilities owned by Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms and released videos showing the mistreatment of pigs by use of gestation crates. Gestation crates are small cages that sows are confined to for pregnancy and, in these cases, most of their adult life. Theses 2×7 foot enclosures do not allow the sow to turn around, lie down comfortably, or even take more than a step backward or forward. Seaboard Foods, which is a pork supplier for Walmart, is the third largest U.S. pork producer, while Prestage Farms is the fifth largest. These large pork corporations need to implement plans for a phase out of these inhumane holding devices for the betterment of their swine.
Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin compares a sow’s life in a gestation crate to being stuck in an airline seat for a lifetime. Pigs trapped in a gestation crate are forced to lie in their own excrement and exhibit coping behaviors such as bar-biting, incessant head weaving, and tongue rolling. Recognized as cruel practices, gestation crates have already been outlawed by Sweden and the UK, and in the United States they have been banned by Florida, California, and Arizona. They are being phased out by Maine, Oregon, Denmark, and the European Union. Smithfield Fields, the largest pork producer in the U.S., is also in the process of phasing out the use of gestation crates.
In Seaboard Foods Sustainability and Stewardship report, they claim, ‘We are committed to proper animal care and have a moral and ethical obligation to the humane treatment of animals. We believe food animals can and should be raised, transported and processed using procedures that are safe and free from cruelty and neglect.’ Seaboard Foods is not carrying out their commitment to the humane treatment of their ‘food animals.’ By signing the petition below you will urge Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms to put words into actions and stop the cruel treatment of their pigs.
Dear CEO of Seaboard Foods Terry J. Holton and Officials at Prestage Farms,
The use of gestation crates for raising pigs in your facilities must be stopped. The recent undercover videos released by the Humane Society show your swine neglected and mistreated by these cruel practices.
Gestations crates do not allow sows to turn around or lie down comfortably. Even more appalling, the pigs are forced to lie in their own excrement. In the Humane Society videos, your pigs were shown exhibiting stressed behavior such as bar-biting and head weaving.
Please join your competitors, including Smithfield foods, in implementing plans to phase out gestation crates. Your community cares too much for these animals to let them go on suffering this way.
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