Stop shipping live pigs from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter
  • Petitioned Matthew Cox, President/CEO

This petition was delivered to:

Matson Navigation 510-628-4000
Matthew Cox, President/CEO
Public Relations
Jeff Hull

Stop shipping live pigs from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter

    1. Leilani Farm Sanctuary
    2. Petition by

      Leilani Farm Sanctuary

      Haiku, HI

Every two weeks, hundreds of pigs are shipped to Hawaii for slaughter, from as far away as Iowa --on a horrendous transcontinental and overseas journey.

Pigs destined to be killed in Hawaii are loaded onto trucks for a grueling journey of seven days or longer across the states to an ocean port in Oakland, California. The pigs suffer stress and exhaustion, rough handling, hunger, thirst, extreme temperatures, and filthy conditions as they are transported alive across this extensive distance.

Once the livestock truck arrives at the port, the pigs wait to be corralled into containers on a Matson ocean freighter. As many as 600 pigs are packed into two containers per shipment and can suffer injuries due to stress-induced aggression. For approximately five days at sea, the animals are forced to live in their own feces, urine and vomit - - even, at times, amid the corpses of other pigs, until the dead animals are thrown overboard by the livestock attendant.

Upon arriving in Honolulu, it is usually several hours before the pigs are unloaded from the ship. They are left suffering in the heat with minimal ventilation before they then travel another hour by truck to the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative slaughterhouse – which has been cited numerous times by the USDA for the inhumane handling and slaughter of animals – where they are slaughtered and processed.

The pigs destined for slaughter on Maui at the Pukalani pig slaughterhouse continue to be confined in Honolulu for another 1-2 days before departure.

Read WSPA’s full report, No Paradise for Pigs (PDF) for more information.

You can help

Please ask Matson Navigation to take responsibility for its direct role in this cruelty to animals and stop transporting pigs to Hawaii for slaughter.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Exporting boatloads of cruelty to Hawaii

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This Dish is Veg covers the cruelty of transporting pigs to Hawaii.

    3. Maui Time Weekly: Stopping Matson Pig Voyages

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      There's history behind the protest around how pigs are treated on their way to Hawaii slaughterhouses: "In December 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began investigating the practice [of shipping pigs to Hawaii] in response to a complaint filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following the deaths of 13 pigs on Matson freighters. According to a Dec. 11, 2008 Honolulu Star-Bulletin article, at least some of those pigs were bound for Schofield Barracks on Oahu, where they were to be shot and then mended by soldiers during medical training before Iraq deployment."

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 2 months ago

      Unbelievable that this gruesome continues in a so called educated modern society! You are the pits of this planet and hopefully you pay the price for this!

    • Emelda Zabala LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 2 months ago

      "No living thing should have to endure pain, suffering, and inhumane acts of cruelty. Especially by mankind its self."

      • 2 months ago

      Because I'm not a barbarian. There is no place for this kind of behaviour in the 21st century civilised world.

    • Lindsay Dominguez GROVER BEACH, CA
      • 2 months ago

      cruelty freedom for animals

    • Kathy Passafiume ORLAND PARK, IL
      • 3 months ago

      Disregard for life never ceases to amaze me.


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