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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.

Thank you.

“Danielle”                                                                                       Undercover Investigator



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