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Tell Canada's Top Grocery Chains to Stop Torturing Pigs
  • Petitioned Marc Poulin

This petition was delivered to:

President & CEO, Sobeys
Marc Poulin
Executive Vice-President, Sobeys
François Vimard
Vice-President of Sustainability, Sobeys
David Smith
Executive Chairman, Loblaws
Galen G. Weston
President, Loblaws
Vicente Trius
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs & Communication, Loblaws
Robert Chant
President & Chief Executive Officer, Metro
Eric R. La Flèche
Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer, Metro
Robert Sawyer
Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada
Shelley Broader
Senior Vice-President, People, Walmart Canada
Bob Hakeem
Vice-President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Walmart Canada
Andrew Pelletier
Chief Merchandizing Officer, Walmart Canada
Lee Tappenden

Tell Canada's Top Grocery Chains to Stop Torturing Pigs

    1. Petition by

      Mercy For Animals Canada

June 2013


We did it! In December the release of our shocking undercover viral video, showing the terrible living conditions of pregnant sows confined for their entire lives in tiny gestation crates as well as a multitude of other violent abuses at a Manitoba pig farm, stunned Canadians across the country. The video inspired almost 50,000 people on Change.org to sign our petition and together we scored one of the biggest animal welfare victories ever in Canada. The Retail Council of Canada announced that all four retailers targeted in this petition (Loblaws/Superstore, Walmart Canada, Sobey’s and Metro) as well as four additional large Canadian retailers have agreed to phase out inherently cruel gestation crates from their pork supply chains in favor of "alternative housing practices."

46257. That was the number assigned to a pig at a factory farm I worked at in Manitoba.

Like millions of pigs who are raised and killed for pork in Canada, 46257 spent most of her life confined to a filthy, metal gestation crate barely larger than her own body. In such a small cage, she was unable to walk, run, play, root in the soil, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that would make her life even remotely worth living.

After meeting 46257 and seeing her vibrant personality shining through, despite the years of torment she endured locked in a tiny cage, I am compelled to tell her story.

I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals Canada, and for nearly 10 weeks I worked undercover at Puratone, a factory farm that supplies pork to Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart Canada. The misery and abuse that I witnessed at this factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life.

After years locked in a tiny torture chamber, 46257 became so sick and weak that she could no longer stand. She developed heavy bruising and sores on her face from being forced to lie pressed against the bars of her cage.

I brought her deteriorating condition to my supervisor's attention repeatedly - only on the fifth day did he finally act. He cursed at her, kicked her and lifted her by her tail stump to make her climb a steep ramp. There, he forced 46257 to step over another sow he'd just killed and fired a metal rod into her skull. I could only watch as she lay kicking and blinking, conscious and suffering, for minutes before she finally died. Her death, like her life, was neither swift nor painless.

While all of the abuses I witnessed at this pig factory farm were incredibly cruel, confining pregnant pigs for life in cages so small they can barely move is probably the worst. In fact, animal welfare experts and veterinarians around the world consider gestation crates to be so cruel that they have been banned in the entire European Union, Australia, New Zealand and in nine U.S. states.

Even major retailers like Costco, Safeway, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and over 40 others in Canada and the United States have taken a stand against gestation crates and are demanding pork suppliers do away with them. But other grocery chains, including Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro and Walmart Canada, continue to support this blatant cruelty to animals by purchasing pork from factory farms that cram pregnant pigs in these cruel cages.

These companies have the power and ethical responsibility to reject this abusive factory farming practice by immediately adopting policies that require suppliers to phase out their use of gestation crates.

Please sign my petition to ask Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro and Walmart Canada to do the right thing by 46257 and prohibit gestation crates in their pork supply chains.

Thank you,

MFA Canada Undercover Investigator

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • karin nelson EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      We have to stop treating animals like this period. There is no such thing as humane meat and the only true way to stop this suffering if for people to stop eating animals. For the animals, for your health and for the environment.

    • Edda Kenney WESTMOUNT, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Very disappointing that the human race are doing this.They have no soul.And I am ashamed to be part of the human race.It is barbaric!!!!!

      SHAME on you people for doing such a monstrous thing.You should be in these crates and be treated the way you treat these poor defenseless

      pigs.They should honestly put you in these metal gestation crates with the pigs!That is where you belong!

    • Renee Brisson KAPUSKASING, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Pigs are sociable animals, they love to be loved, petted and they are good parents to their young...WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THEM and stop treating them as if they have no pain or feelings...I think animals are "the humans" on this planet...we have become the most cruel of all species and that is shameful!

    • Virginia Greenwood-Warner CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 7 months ago

      The things we see and discover through the network is absolutely appalling and horrifying. When I feel I can't go on I just have to remember that it is not me who is feeling that pain - stop and imagine what it's like for that creature!!!! The way pigs, yes those intelligent beautiful creatures are kept makes me hang my head in shame. We humans are disgusting !!!!!!!

    • Marie Squire LAKELAND, FL
      • 10 months ago

      because, these animals deserve a life without suffering


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