- Matson, Inc. - Keoni WagnerCommunications
- Matthew CoxPresident and CEO
Stop shipping live pigs from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter
Every two weeks, hundreds of pigs are sent on a horrendous transcontinental and overseas journey to be slaughtered in Hawaii.
These pigs are loaded onto trucks from farms in states like Iowa, South Dakota, and Montana. They endure a grueling trip to an ocean port in Oakland, California, where they then start their ocean voyage with Matson Inc., a trans-pacific shipping company.
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 Matson’s livestock attendant. This needless cruelty must end.
Pigs are among the smartest species of animals. They exhibit emotional intelligence and can determine the attitudes and moods of other animals around them. These social, sympathetic beings are aware of their torturous conditions, and many suffer stress and exhaustion, hunger, thirst, and, too often, death, as they are transported alive across such great distances.
Matson subjects live pigs to these inhumane conditions because it is cheaper. All of this to save a bit of money.
Please help end this inhumane practice and join us in asking Matson, Inc. to stop transporting live pigs to Hawaii for slaughter.
Matson, Inc. - Keoni Wagner
- President and CEO
Please stop the shipments of live pigs from the Mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter.
Pigs destined to be slaughtered in Hawaii are transported from as far away as Iowa, Montana and South Dakota - on a horrific cross-country journey over land and sea during which the pigs suffer stress and exhaustion, rough handling, motion sickness, hunger, thirst, extreme temperatures and unsanitary conditions. Due to overcrowding, stress, fighting, and overexposure, many pigs become ill and die.
Due to the egregious cruelty inherent in the transport of pigs from the Mainland to Hawaii, Foodland and Times supermarket chains have eliminated the sale of products from these animals.
On the ocean vessel, pigs are not provided straw or other bedding to protect them from extreme temperatures and from slipping on the hard flooring. There is only one livestock attendant responsible for caring for as many as 920 pigs. Nearly five days at sea in a cramped space contaminated with excrement is an excessive length of time. Transporting these animals under such poor conditions causes considerable fear, stress, and suffering for the pigs. They are forced to live in their own feces, urine, and vomit and even amid the corpses of other pigs until the dead animals are removed from the shipping container and disposed of by the livestock attendant by throwing them overboard. Scientists, public health and food safety officials have noted that the stress of long distance transport of live animals increases the animals’ susceptibility to disease which, in turn, increases the risk of food-borne illness and disease transmission to humans who consume meat from these animals.
Upon arriving in Honolulu, it is usually several hours before the pigs are unloaded from the ship. They are left sitting in the heat with minimal ventilation. The pigs then travel another hour by truck to the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative slaughterhouse where the majority of pigs transported from mainland U.S. are slaughtered and processed. This slaughter facility has been cited multiple times by the USDA for the inhumane handling and slaughter of animals which are required under the U.S. Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Horizon Lines has pledged in writing not to ship live pigs to Hawaii.
As a shipping company that is highly regarded, Matson can take a stand against this cruelty by electing not to transport these animals in the future.
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