- Matt SloanVice President, Marketing
- Allison MochizukiNational Director, Public Relations
- Jon BasalonePresident of Stores
- Steven HaroExecutive VP of Stores
- Mark MassaroDirector of Product Development
Tell Trader Joe’s to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free
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Many of us are loyal Trader Joe’s shoppers who appreciate the grocery chain’s healthy low-priced foods, upbeat atmosphere, and superior customer service. That’s why it is especially disheartening to learn that unlike almost every other major grocer in the U.S., Trader Joe’s still doesn’t have a policy to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain.
Please sign our petition. Urge Trader Joe’s to take the humane road like so many others and commit to a 100% gestation crate free supply chain.
Gestation crates are widely recognized as cruel and inhumane. They confine breeding pigs throughout their 4 month pregnancy in a space so tiny it’s roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies. The crate is so narrow it prevents them from even turning around. The pigs are subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, are then re-impregnated and put back into a gestation crate. This inhumane cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for virtually their entire lives, adding up to years of immobilization.
Almost every major company in the food industry—from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Quiznos to retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods, Kroger’s and Walmart—have recognized the need to catch up to public opinion and end the use of gestation crates. Please ask Trader Joe’s do the same.
Trader Joe’s cares about customer satisfaction so let’s let them know that their customers are no longer satisfied with a healthy, fresh-format grocery chain that sells pork from suppliers that have inhumane and outdated animal practices.
Take action by signing and sharing this petition. Ask Trader Joe’s to do the right thing and commit to a plan to phase out the use of gestation crates in its entire pork supply chain.
- Vice President, Marketing
- National Director, Public Relations
- President of Stores
- Executive VP of Stores
- Director of Product Development
Please join Costco, Safeway, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroger’s, and other prominent brands in the food industry who have vowed to phase out buying pork from producers that confine breeding sows in gestation crates.
You care about your customers – so please know that growing numbers of us don’t want to buy meat from farms that confine sows in crates so small they can barely move for their entire lives. We want to shop our values and we recognize gestation crates as cruel and outmoded.
Just as you have recently thrown your weight behind the growing cage-free egg movement, we encourage you to keep up the great work and help ensure all animals raised for food are treated respectfully.
The undersigned, many of us whom are your loyal customers, call on Trader’s Joe’s to commit to phasing out the use of gestation crates from your entire supply chain with within a specified time.
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