Cargill Inc. announced phasing out crates for sows
Cargill Inc., agribusiness company
based in Wayzata, Minnesota, recently announced in a recent letter
to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that they plan to
phase out gestational crates for pigs. These crates, approx.
2-foot-by-7-foot, do not allow the pregnant sows to turn around, and
cause intense stress and suffering to the animals. Instead, Cargill
plans to move to "group sow housing" completely.
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What farm animals must endure
throughout their lives is unimaginable to us. The phasing out of
gestational crates is a step towards less abusive treatment. While
the animal industry responds and acts according to consumer demands
by improving their almost non-existent animal welfare regulations,
the transition to a plant-based diet would be most effective at
reducing animal suffering. It also shows obedience to God in taking
good care of His/Her Creation.