Hormel: Stop Mutilating Pigs and Cramming Them into Tiny Crates
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I will never forget their screams.
The horrific animal abuse I witnessed while working undercover at a pig factory farm owned by The Maschhoffs—one of the largest U.S. pork producers and a supplier to Hormel Foods—will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Workers kicked, hit, and beat piglets with gas cans. They chopped off their tails and ripped out their testicles while these baby animals squealed in agony. No pain relief was ever provided.
Their mothers had it just as bad. Unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably, mother pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed inside tiny, filthy gestation crates. It was heartbreaking to see these incredibly intelligent and social animals become so frustrated by extreme confinement that they repeatedly bit the bars of their tiny cages—a sign of serious mental collapse.
Gestation crates are so inhumane they have been banned in 10 U.S. states, Canada, and the entire European Union. Nearly all major food companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Even major pork producers like Smithfield have committed to phasing out gestation crates at their company-owned and contract farms.
In addition to eliminating gestation crates, Walmart and Nestlé—two of the largest companies in the entire world—have committed to ending the agonizing mutilation of animals in their supply chains by prohibiting cruel practices like tail docking and castration without pain relief.
But Hormel continues to allow these blatant forms of animal abuse by their contract suppliers.
Because of caring people like you who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we have already seen some of the biggest companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals.
Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Hormel to stop torturing animals and adopt meaningful animal welfare requirements to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain.
“Danielle” Undercover Investigator
- President and Chief Executive Officer
- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
James N. Sheehan
- Executive Vice President and President, Hormel Business Units
Steven G. Binder
- Group Vice President, Foodservice
Jeffrey R. Baker
- Group Vice President; President, Consumer Products Sales
Deanna T. Brady
- Group Vice President, Refrigerated Foods
Thomas R. Day
- Group Vice President, Specialty Foods
Donald H. Kremin
- Group Vice President, Grocery Products
Luis G. Marconi
- Group Vice President, Corporate Strategy
James M. Splinter
- Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Bryan D. Farnsworth
Dear Hormel Foods:
I am outraged by the shocking animal abuse recently uncovered at your contract farms.
Hidden cameras captured workers maliciously hitting and beating pigs with gas cans, sick or injured animals left to suffer without proper veterinary care, workers violently ripping out the testicles and cutting off the sensitive tails of baby piglets, and mother pigs crammed in crates so small the animals couldn’t even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives.
This blatant cruelty has no place in a civilized society.
I am writing to ask that Hormel move quickly to adopt meaningful animal welfare policies to end the worst forms of animal abuse throughout its supply chain:
• Eliminate abusive and extreme confinement systems, such as gestation and farrowing crates, and replace them with less cruel group housing systems
• End agonizing mutilations, such as castration and tail docking, without pain relief
• Provide a safe, sanitary, and cognitively stimulating environment by keeping all animal areas dry and clean and providing environmental enrichments, such as straw and other natural materials
• Adopt a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse and install video monitoring systems that live stream to the internet to deter egregious acts of violence against animals
More than 60 major food providers, including McDonald’s, Safeway, and Costco, have already agreed to phase out gestation crates. In addition to getting rid of gestation crates, Walmart and Nestlé have committed to ending castration and tail docking without painkillers. They understand that consumers do not support these cruel practices and are demanding change.
These are common-sense improvements that would greatly alleviate needless suffering for millions of animals.
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