Hormel: End The Use Of Pig Gestation Crates For All Suppliers
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Hormel Foods
Customer Service
Hormel Foods, VP
Bryan D. Farnsworth
Hormel Foods, Senior VP
William F. Snyder
Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods President & CEO
Jeffrey M. Ettinger

Hormel: End The Use Of Pig Gestation Crates For All Suppliers

    1. Petition by

      Compassion Over Killing

Experts widely agree that confining pigs in narrow gestation crates that are barely bigger than their bodies causes immense suffering. Welfare concerns have already prompted the entire European Union (effective 2013) and eight US states to phase out this barbaric system of confinement.

Several major US companies are also moving away from the use of gestation crates, including Smithfield Foods and Cargill. Hormel recently announced that it will replace gestation crates with group sow housing at its three “Hormel Foods-owned farms,” which is an encouraging first step, but this policy must be applied to the hundreds of independently-owned facilities ultimately supplying Hormel as well, including Hawkeye Sow Centers (HSC) in Leland, IA, which is the subject of a recent undercover investigation by Compassion Over Killing that reveals cruel and inhumane treatment of thousands of pregnant and nursing piglets.  Visit COK.net to watch the video.

With the recent news that McDonald’s—one of the biggest buyers of pork in the US—is moving to end gestation crate confinement of pigs in its US supply chain, the writing for this inhumane practice is on the wall. It’s time for Hormel to extend its new gestation crate policy to all of its suppliers.

Thank you.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Beth Trimarco OAKLAND, CA
      • 3 months ago

      It makes my heart and stomach hurt to think of these smart affectionate creatures being tortured by confinement. SO UNNECESSARY!

    • Lindsay Casciotta RIVERVIEW, FL
      • 3 months ago

      No animal deserves to be confined to an area in which they can not even turn around. It is inhumane. Animals were not put on this planet to be treated in such a manner.

    • Caila Norman PORT RICHEY, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Pigs are more aware than the pet dog. Yet are treated so cruely. It makes me sick.

    • ursula saarniit ORILLIA, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      we humans have absolutely NO right to torture animals

    • Susan Ross LONDON, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      I am not a vegetarion but I believe in compassionate farming. Pigs are the sixth smartest animals on the planet. Confining them in this manner is barbaric.


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