Stop Imprisoning Pregnant Sows in Horrific Conditions

Target: Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada

Goal: Outlaw cruel gestation stalls on pig farms.

Pregnant sows raised for breeding are confined in gestation stalls that are so small the pigs cannot turn around. The only exercise these animals get is walking a few steps forward or backward in the 2ft by 7ft prisons. Over a million breeding sows are raised in Canada each year, and the majority of them suffer in these horrific conditions.

Pigs are naturally gregarious and inquisitive animals, and forcing them into these cages is torture. They suffer distress from aggressive neighbors, cold and damp environments, unable to avoid insects, and they cannot express their natural instincts such as rooting, exploring, wallowing, or nest building. Most pigs in these factories suffer from abnormal and repetitive behavior such as bar biting, lameness, chronic stress, reduced muscle strength, and weak bones. These pigs suffer for human profit. The gestation stalls allow farmers to control feed intake, reduce disease transmission, and reduce early pregnancy loss to increase their profits at the expense of a living being.

In 2014, amendments to the regulations of keeping sows changed conditions for new pig factories. But these regulations are pathetic and still allow pigs to suffer in confinement. Existing operations are exempt from these new standards so hundreds of thousands of pigs are still reared in disgusting prison cells.

Join the movement to stop the imprisonment of pregnant animals for human gain.


Dear Honourable Bibeau,

It is appalling that gestation stalls are allowed on Canadian pig farms. Most gestation stalls still in use do not allow the animals to turn around, and they can only walk a few steps forward or back. Many of the pigs suffer from physical and psychological issues such as lameness, weak muscle and bones, chronic stress, and abnormal behavior.

Pigs are social and active animals, and it is torture to confine them in this manner. Pregnant sows are especially inclined to root, socialize, wallow, and build a nest to raise their litter. Our laws need to ensure that they get the freedom and fair treatment they deserve.

The regulation amendments to keeping breeding sows introduced in 2014 are insufficient to provide adequate living environments for the pigs, and further action is required. As the official of agriculture operations in Canada, I urge you to take a step forward in the name of compassion and ban the use of gestation stalls on all pig farms.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary



  1. Es inhumano lo que hacen con las pobres cerdas preñadas!!!!! Cómo no van a poder tenerlas sin jaulas horrorosas!!! Por misericordia!! Cómo tratas serás tratado!!!

  2. Absolutely shocking! It should be illegal to keep pigs in this manner. How can you treat sentient animals in this way? This is no different to putting a cat or a dog in these conditions. Raise your animal welfare standards, Canada.

    All these EVIL BASTARDS will suffer in hell for the hell they create for all Animals here on earth!!!!
    STOP THIS TORTURE NOW!!!!! These poor Innocent Pigs are literally wearing fucking cages!!!! YOU SUCK CANADA!!!!!EVIL MONSTERS!!!!!
    RIP ALL ANIMALS xxxxxxxxx

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