SA Pork Industry, National Department of Agriculture, Retailers: Stop the use of sow crates which perpetuate cruelty
  • Petitioned Simon Streicher
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

SA Pork Producers Association
Simon Streicher
Pick n Pay
Mrs Suzanne Ackerman Berman
Shoprite
Lize-marick Keyser
Spar
Consumer Care Line
Head of Food, Woolworths
Zyda Rylands
Head of the Good Business Journey, Woolworths
Tom McLaughlin
See response
Fresh Meat and Butcheries, Massmart
Peter Gordon
Communications Division, Shoprite/Checkers Head Office
Jennifer van der Westhuizen
National Department of Agriculture
Dr Songabe

SA Pork Industry, National Department of Agriculture, Retailers: Stop the use of sow crates which perpetuate cruelty

    1. Petition by

      National Council of SPCAs

We would never treat our pets this way, and we shouldn’t let farm animals suffer like this either

PIGS ARE HIGHLY SOCIAL AND INTELLIGENT ANIMALS.

(Please also sign the personal pledge to be a more responsible consumer.)

They are commonly raised as livestock by farmers for meat in intensive systems where they are denied freedom of movement, deprived of natural behaviour to interact with others of their kind and have no opportunities to forage and root.

A pregnant sow will be kept in a sow crate for the greater part of her gestation period – 107 days. A sow crate is a metal crate usually with a bare floor, which is so narrow that the sow cannot turn around and can only stand up and lie down with difficulty.

We know and accept that these animals are being raised for food. As an animal welfare organisation the National Council of SPCAs believes that animals should be treated humanely while they are on the farm, while they are transported and when they are slaughtered.

Compassionate choices are a critical step toward improving the welfare of pigs in South Africa.

Together, we have the power to make enormous changes in the lives of pigs by asking the pork industry to get rid of sow crates for good. We will be sending a powerful message that we expect that only humanely raised pork products are sold in South Africa.

Please become a Warrior for Animals and sign the petition - our message is simple : PIGS DON’T DESERVE TO SUFFER.

Thank you for being a Warrior for Animals.

PS: Please also sign the campaign to BAN THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. THANK YOU : BY STANDING TOGETHER WE WILL STOP THIS ... FOR THEIR SAKES

      Dear Animal Warrior

      Thank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
      STOP THE USE OF SOW CRATES WHICH PERPETUATE CRUELTY : key participants came to the table as a result of your help and we continue to work on stopping the use of these cruel cages.
      We will not give up until animals are put first and cruel practices, particularly those in animal related industries including sport and entertainment are stopped.

      WE NOW HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT
      Chances are that you may have a PayPal account. If so, we are pleased to advise that we have set up a PayPal account to enable supporters to gift us from anywhere in the world securely and cost-effectively. The facility can be accessed via our DONATE Page at www.nspca.co.za or if preferred go directly to your PayPal account and use the reference webmaster@nspca.co.za for the recipient
      then select the option 'I'm sending money to family or friends'.
      If requested our name is NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SPCAs

      IMPORTANT
      If you are already donating to an SPCA or other welfare organisation we urge that you continue to do so – this mail is only a notice to inform you that donations to the NSPCA can now be made via PayPal.

      SO WHAT, PERHAPS YOU MAY BE ASKING, IS IT THAT THE NSPCA DOES IN SOUTH AFRICA?
      As the largest and most influential animal welfare organisation in South Africa we bring hope to animals in outlying rural areas which are served by no other welfare organisations or Vets, we bring hope to working animals and their owners who rely on them with our national campaign to provide good comfortable harnessing to nearly half a million donkeys, teaching their owners how to care for them properly and maintain carts in good working condition and not overload.
      We bring hope to dogs and other victims of dog fighting.
      We bring hope to farm animals by with announced inspections and working towards better conditions under which they are kept and handled. As we do in bringing hope to wildlife by continually working towards better conditions when they are come under the control of man.
      So too do we bring hope to animals being used for research with regular inspections and by working towards finding and introducing alternatives to replace their use.

      WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS IN CHALLENGING CRUELTY AND BRINGING HOPE WHEREVER WE FIND ABUSE.

      Best wishes
      Dave Thorpe
      For The Communications Team

    2. THANK YOU : YOUR SUPPORT ENSURED THAT PEOPLE GOT THE MESSAGE

      Dear Animal Warrior

      Thank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
      STOP THE USE OF SOW CRATES WHICH PERPETUATE CRUELTY : key participants came to the table as a result of your help and we continue to work on stopping the use of these cruel cages.
      We will not give up until animals are put first and cruel practices, particularly those in animal related industries including sport and entertainment are stopped.

      WE NOW HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT
      Chances are that you may have a PayPal account. If so, we are pleased to advise that we have set up a PayPal account to enable supporters to gift us from anywhere in the world securely and cost-effectively. The facility can be accessed via our DONATE Page at www.nspca.co.za or if preferred go directly to your PayPal account and use the reference webmaster@nspca.co.za for the recipient
      then select the option 'I'm sending money to family or friends'.
      If requested our name is NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SPCAs

      IMPORTANT
      If you are already donating to an SPCA or other welfare organisation we urge that you continue to do so – this mail is only a notice to inform you that donations to the NSPCA can now be made via PayPal.

      SO WHAT, PERHAPS YOU MAY BE ASKING, IS IT THAT THE NSPCA DOES IN SOUTH AFRICA?
      As the largest and most influential animal welfare organisation in South Africa we bring hope to animals in outlying rural areas which are served by no other welfare organisations or Vets, we bring hope to working animals and their owners who rely on them with our national campaign to provide good comfortable harnessing to nearly half a million donkeys, teaching their owners how to care for them properly and maintain carts in good working condition and not overload.
      We bring hope to dogs and other victims of dog fighting.
      We bring hope to farm animals by with announced inspections and working towards better conditions under which they are kept and handled. As we do in bringing hope to wildlife by continually working towards better conditions when they are come under the control of man.
      So too do we bring hope to animals being used for research with regular inspections and by working towards finding and introducing alternatives to replace their use.

      WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS IN CHALLENGING CRUELTY AND BRINGING HOPE WHEREVER WE FIND ABUSE.

      Best wishes
      Dave Thorpe
      For The Communications Team

    3. Reached 7,500 signatures
    4. NEW CAMPAIGN : YOUR HELP NEEDED – STOP THE SHIPS OF SHAME

      Dear Animal Warriors

      You helped us bring the Department of Agriculture to the negotiating table to phase out the use of Sow Crates.

      We now need your help again.

      To STOP THE SHIPS OF SHAME – LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT. This is a cruel and unnecessary practice. Please raise your voice again at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/dr-songabe-daff-director-veterinary-public-health-stop-ships-of-shame-live-animal-export and say enough is enough, no more cruelty.

      This is urgent as the next ship is due to be loaded and leave East London harbour in August.

      Best wishes
      The NSPCA Team

      Dr. Songabe, DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health : STOP SHIPS OF SHAME - LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT

      A 20 minute investigative video can be viewed at http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4529 The export of farmed animals by sea has...

    5. Reached 7,000 signatures
    6. BREAKING NEWS:- Gestation Crates – Progress

      Thank you for helping us reach this point.

      Representatives from the National Council of SPCAS (NSPCA) met with personnel from the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on Monday 01 July 2013 and officially handed over the South African signatures supporting the campaign for gestation crates to be phased out by 2016.

      DAFF accepted and acknowledged the signatures. An additional package of documentation was submitted by the NSPCA which included support from retailers within South Africa as well as international support for the phasing out of the practice of confining pregnant sows to crates. Included in the package of documentation was research indicating the welfare implications of gestation crates.

      The NSPCA is pleased to report that DAFF has given a commitment to consult widely within the next 3 months. This procedure will be inclusive of all role-players and the NSPCA appreciates that this is a necessary step in the follow

    7. BREAKING NEWS

      The National Farm Animal Protection Unit has a confirmed meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on 1 July 2013. We still need another 175 South African Supporters to sign the Campaign.
      We value international support so keep those signatures coming but DAFF is not interested in international pressure.
      If you would like to help all animals in South Africa from a mobile in South Africa, please SMS 38018 with the word DONATE – SMS’ charged at R10.
      Thanking you in advance.
      Best wishes
      The NSPCA Team

    8. WOW! 6,000+ E-MAILS SENT

      Dear Animal Warriors,

      By signing the Sow Crate petition you have made a significant difference in helping us to send more than 6,000 e-mails to the Department of Agriculture; a crucial step in eliminating the use of this cruel practice in South African Pig Farming.

      Thank you!

      What a celebration it will be when we achieve this goal! Cruelty cannot be justified on the basis of profit; there are always humane ways to treat animals.

      The NSPCA will never walk away from an animal in distress, no matter how small or large the creature. Despite protecting the welfare of all animals in 70% of South Africa (the individual Societies cover the remaining 30%), the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) does not receive any government funding.

      We cannot change the world, but we can make a difference. For the animals, it is their world which we change.

      Thanking you in advance.

      The NSPCA Team

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. 4,500 SIGNATURES!

      We have reached our initial target of 4,500 signatures and can now go to Government. Thank you everyone for your support.
      Please keep inviting your friends as we wish to get as many as possible.
      The Management Team

    11. 4,000 SIGNATURES!!

      Thank you everyone, we have reached 4,000 signatures and seem to have left the plateau. Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared.

    12. Reached 4,000 signatures
    13. Decision-maker Tom McLaughlin responds:

      Tom McLaughlin

      Sow stalls for pregnant sows are a local industry standard.
      Woolworths is committed to working with its suppliers and the industry to phase out this cruel practice.


    14. LET'S GET OFF THE PLATEAU

      Like all campaigns, there are always plateaus. We are on one at the moment and must get off to get momentum going again.
      Please continue encouraging friends to sign.

    15. WOW! WE HAVE REACHED 3,000 IN A MATTER OF A FEW DAYS

      Thank you everyone, please keep sharing the petition so that we cn reach our target quickly.
      Have you also signed the personal pledge at http://www.nspca.co.za/#%2FNews%2F407%2FSay-NO-to-Sow-Crates?
      With many thanks

      Home

      NSPCA

    16. Reached 3,000 signatures
    17. FANTASTIC! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

      Thank you for your support, we have now cruised past 2,500 signatures and still have 2,000 to go BUT we jumped from 1,500 to 2,500 signatures in only 2 days!
      Please circulate the link to this petition to everyone on e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other networks.
      With many appreciative thanks.

    18. Reached 2,500 signatures
    19. WE HAVE BREACHED 1,500 SIGNATURES

      Thank you for your support, we have breached 1,500 signatures but need a minimum of 4,500.
      Please circulate the link to this petition to everyone on e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other networks.
      With many appreciative thanks.

    20. WE NEED TO REACH 4,500 SIGNATURES

      Dear Animal Warriors

      We have now met informally with Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries representatives (the Director of Animal Health and the Director of Animal Production) who have said that they will consider our campaign once we have 4,500 signatures and would like to achieve this as quickly as possible.

      Please can you circulate this e-mail to all your contacts and encourage as many people as possible to sign.

      Your kind support would be most appreciated.
      Share your latest development here.

    21. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • idalina de gouveia GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 9 months ago

      PLEASE END THIS TORTURE - THEY DESERVE SO MUCH MORE!!!

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    • yolandi badenhorst WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
      • 10 months ago

      all beings deserve equality of life to be safe loved fed and live a peaceful life without cruelty!

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    • Sherri Gillespie LOS GATOS, CA
      • 10 months ago

      We are a cruel species and it must stop.

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    • elena akasha ATHENS GREECE, GREECE
      • 10 months ago

      These terrible living conditions result in foot conditions and arthritis, shortening the animal’s life significantly.with their tails illegally docked, living in overcrowded, barren pens; animals absolutely covered in their own filth; pigs with abscesses and some even missing their eyes. Injured animals and emaciated pigs, with their ribs protruding, are just being left to die. This is a diabolical way to treat living, sentient beings.

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    • Monty Pienaar WITRIVIER, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 10 months ago

      PIGS DON’T DESERVE TO SUFFER.

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