Stop Use of Barbaric Sow Farrowing Crates

Sow Farrowing Crate

Target: Rick Pickering, CEO California State Fair

Goal: Provide sows with adequate living space at the California State Fair.

Each year the California State Fair imprisons pregnant sows in barbaric farrowing crates too small for them to turn around or lie comfortably. The pregnant sows are imprisoned for weeks in these small enclosures made of metal slats and bars. They are forced to be on display for the gawking state fair visitors during this extremely stressful time of being pregnant. The sows give birth while on display in these contraptions and are not even allowed the room to clean and nurture their babies as their instinct would guide them. These confinement systems cause undue stress and suffering to the pigs and are downright unnecessary.

The farrowing crate was created in the 1960’s as a means for increasing production numbers of pigs, allowing farmers to house even more pigs in ever smaller enclosures.   The farrowing crate is made of small metal bars, much like a jail cell, with metal slats providing a pseudo-floor that allows urine and feces to be cleaned up without moving the animal.  Farmer’s defend the farrowing systems claiming that they keep the newborn pigs safe from cannibalism and free from injury from their large mothers. The truth is, when sows are given ample room to roam and nest, baby pigs are not at risk from injury or death due to other pigs. On factory farms, where pigs are crammed into warehouses by the thousands, pigs become extremely stressed and show aggressive behaviors toward others.

During stressful events, such as being on display at the California State Fair, sows should be given ample room to birth and care for their babies properly.  The use of farrowing crates is inhumane and should not be allowed at this years state fair. Rick Pickering is now the General Manager and CEO of the California State Fair. Previously, as Alameda’s County Fair CEO, he allowed sows to give birth off site and then return to have 10 foot by 20 foot enclosures filled with hay.  Urge Mr. Pickering to allow the same humane treatment for the sows at this year’s State Fair.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Pickering,

As the new California State Fair CEO and General Manager, we urge you to ban the use of archaic farrowing crates for sows on display at the fair. The practice of crating sows in enclosures so small they cannot move is unnecessary and causes extreme suffering and pain to an animal already under severe stress.

The use of farrowing crates was previously deemed mandatory in the 1960’s when factory farming began and the demand for increased production spawned.  However, the barbaric practice of confining a mother pig to a tight fitting jail cell is inhumane and understood to be unnecessary now and should not be given as a housing option to sows forced to endure the weeks of being on display at this years state fair.

We appreciate your managerial decision last year to allow sows at Alameda’s County Fair to give birth off site then be transported to large enclosures with hay and nesting materials. Please show the same compassion to the sows at this years’s California State Fair.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. Sonja Rowland says:

    You are what you eat in more than one way – you eat the misery and the despair as well as the flesh of those poor animals.

    • Linda Seely says:

      THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY. THIS
      IS SO BARBARIC. SHAME ON ANY STATE THAT WOULD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. WE ARE TO HELP THE DEFENDLESS AND VOICELESS.

  2. Gabriella Taylor Gabriella Taylor says:

    PETA was the first to expose and to fight against this barbaric practice well over 15 years ago.

    FIGHT AGAINST “AG-GAG” LAWS!
    Without the possibility of whistleblowing the heinous treatment of farm animals (and its subsequent health dangers) WILL BE KEPT FROM YOU altogether.

  3. Stop the abuse!!!

  4. Hedgehog says:

    Seems that you are saying that you would prefer to have your children witness a sow eating one of her piglets or seeing a dead piglet in the pen that has been crushed by the sow when she rolled on it. These things do happen. Let’s just remove all of the pregnant and newborn animals from the fair, this is not a necessary display.

  5. THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    – Ansel Adams, photographer.

  6. This is coming from a 14 year old girl that has been raising pigs, from when they are born to when they go to a house to be slaughtered for about 5 years. With my expience I have notice farrowing crates help them. If u have had a baby u want pressure on your back, so what my mom tells me, they have that it’s the little fingers at the bottom of the crate. Plus the crate helps bc when there is 9-13 piglets running around,under and all over the sow uses the crate as a support to help them lay down without squishing the piglets. So next time u have to say something maybe u should do some research.

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