Target: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Kroger and Safeway
Goal: Thank and support the major food retail companies that are eliminating pork products from producers that continue to use gestation crates
Gestation crates have been in the news lately. Considerable public attention is being paid to this inhumane technique used by the pork industry, and the consumer voice is affecting change. The Humane Society of the United States and many of the country’s largest food retail stores, restaurant chains and grocery stores have teamed up with the end goal of eliminating the use of gestation crates.
These crates, or cages, are used to immobilize pregnant mother pigs. The crates are so small and confining that the pigs cannot even turn around. Once the mother pig gives birth, she is transferred into another crate, impregnated again, and once again confined in the gestation crate. This amounts to an entire lifetime of confinement.
This is why it is such refreshing news for the food industry that major companies like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Kroger and Safeway, are closing the door on the use of gestation crates. As discussed in an article on the Environmental News Network by Triple Pundit, pork supply companies are also taking the hint. Smithfield, Hormel and Cargill have all announced plans to phase out gestation crates and implement more humane tactics and establishing a holistically sustainable business model.
Despite the increasing concern for ethical meat raising practices and the consumer demand for humane treatment, there are still a few companies that are resistant to change—Tyson Foods being one of them. Tyson is standing by its persistent use of gestation crates, and ridiculing others—pork producers and consumers alike—who look to implement more humane methodologies. Tyson’s trade association representative, Dave Warner, made insensitive and disturbing remarks in the National Journal. “So our animals can’t turn around for the 2.5 years that they are in the stall producing piglets…I don’t know who asked the sow if she wanted to turn around,” Warner commented.
Hopefully, increased pressure from the consumer market and the evolving posture of their competitors will force Tyson Foods to make a serious change. Show the companies taking a stand against gestation crates and the use of inhumane methods that you support them and sign below.
Dear McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Safeway and Kroger,
The decision your companies have made to step away from the use of gestation crates in your pork production represents a positive step towards a sustainable agricultural model void of the inhumane treatment of animals.
Thank you for listening to the voiced concerns of your customers and the general consuming public. We appreciate the individual measures you are taking to implement more humane methodologies. The era of the gestation crate in pork production is coming to its rightful end with your help.
Hopefully, the few companies still advocating gestation crates will look towards your companies as examples—models for what the future of food production will be like. Again, thank you and continue the good, responsible work.
[Your Name Here]
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