Support an Amendment to the Constution making gestation crates illegal
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer
New York-15
Rep. Jose Serrano

Support an Amendment to the Constution making gestation crates illegal

    1. Petition by

      Michelle Minkin

      New York, NY

Pigs are some of the most abused animals in American agribusiness. One of the biggest problems in pork farming is the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows. Gestation crates keep sows confined their whole lives so they are immobile, causing them to developa myriad of physical problems in their muscles, bones and joints. They live directly above the excrement pit so they are exposed to dangerous levels of ammonia and develop further medical problems and often die. Pigs are incredibly intelligent, social animals that need a lot of exercise and normal social interaction with members of their species. Studies have shown they are capable of learning complex tasks, perceiving time, and anticipating future events. The psychological effects of gestation crates are horrific. The animals quite literally go insane, exhibiting stereotypic behavior, or movements or behaviors that are abnormal, repetitive, and seemingly have no function or goal as a result of psychological disturbance, frustration and impaired welfare. The Humane Society of the United States exposed Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the world, for its inhumane treatment of animals and use of gestation crates. After the exposé, Smithfield said they would get rid of gestation crates by 2017 but then, in 2011, they said they would not be able to do so. Most American farms have already gotten rid of gestation crates and many are in the process of getting rid of them. Smithfield, being the largest one, needs to join this movement and since they have failed to do it themselves, we must create a law forcing them to do so.

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    • animal lover CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      THIS PHOTO SAYS IT ALL SO SAD PLEASE SIGN AND HELP THESE CUTE PIGS

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    • Tracy Guarneri FORDS, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      its horrible whats done to animals,they are living beings

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    • Bobby Sue HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      In this day and age there is absolutely no reason or excuse for inhumane treatment of animals.

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    • Diana Gomez LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Temple Grandin said it best. "Nature is cruel but we don't have to be ... We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect."

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    • Laura Guardalabene CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      It's absolute horrific torture.

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