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SA Pork Industry, National Department of Agriculture, Retailers: Stop the use of sow crates which perpetuate cruelty

We would never treat our pets this way, and we shouldn’t let farm animals suffer like this either

PIGS ARE HIGHLY SOCIAL AND INTELLIGENT ANIMALS.

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They are commonly raised as livestock by farmers for meat in intensive systems where they are denied freedom of movement, deprived of natural behaviour to interact with others of their kind and have no opportunities to forage and root.

A pregnant sow will be kept in a sow crate for the greater part of her gestation period – 107 days. A sow crate is a metal crate usually with a bare floor, which is so narrow that the sow cannot turn around and can only stand up and lie down with difficulty.

We know and accept that these animals are being raised for food. As an animal welfare organisation the National Council of SPCAs believes that animals should be treated humanely while they are on the farm, while they are transported and when they are slaughtered.

Compassionate choices are a critical step toward improving the welfare of pigs in South Africa.

Together, we have the power to make enormous changes in the lives of pigs by asking the pork industry to get rid of sow crates for good. We will be sending a powerful message that we expect that only humanely raised pork products are sold in South Africa.

Please become a Warrior for Animals and sign the petition - our message is simple : PIGS DON’T DESERVE TO SUFFER.

Thank you for being a Warrior for Animals.

PS: Please also sign the campaign to BAN THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES 

This petition was delivered to:
  • SA Pork Producers Association
    Simon Streicher
  • Pick n Pay
    Mrs Suzanne Ackerman Berman
  • Shoprite
    Lize-marick Keyser
  • Spar
    Consumer Care Line
  • Head of Food, Woolworths
    Zyda Rylands
  • Head of the Good Business Journey, Woolworths
    Tom McLaughlin
  • Fresh Meat and Butcheries, Massmart
    Peter Gordon
  • Communications Division, Shoprite/Checkers Head Office
    Jennifer van der Westhuizen
  • National Department of Agriculture
    Dr Songabe


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