A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation has exposed shocking abuses of mother pigs and their piglets at Iowa Select Farms, one of the nation’s largest pork producers and supplier to grocery giants Kroger, Costco, Safeway and Hy-Vee.
Sadly, these grocery chains are condoning egregious animal abuse by selling pork from Iowa Select Farms and other pork producers that use gestation crates – narrow metal stalls barely larger than the animals’ own bodies. These corporations have both 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 use the form below to send a polite email urging grocery giants Kroger, Costco, Safeway and Hy-Vee to immediately adopt policies prohibiting the sale of pork from facilities that confine breeding pigs in gestation crates. These abusive crates – which have been banned in numerous states and the entire European Union – prevent mother pigs from even turning around, lying down comfortably, walking, or engaging in basic natural behaviors for nearly their entire lives.
I am disgusted to see how pregnant pigs are kept locked in narrow, metal gestation stalls barely larger than their own bodies. In such intensive and unrelenting confinement, these intelligent and social animals are unable to even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, or engage in other basic behaviors. These restrictive crates are so cruel that a growing number of states have moved to ban them.
It's time that your grocery chain becomes a leader on animal welfare issues by adopting strict policies and oversight to prevent this unnecessary animal abuse. Please make the compassionate and socially responsible choice to immediately enact a company-wide policy prohibiting the sale of pork from suppliers that confine pigs in cruel and inhumane gestation crates.
Thank you for your time and consideration.