Due to concern over the cruel confinement of pigs at Smithfield Farms (the suppliers of the pork for the McRib), the HSUS has served the farm with a legal demand for records documenting the pig's conditions.
They believe Smithfield has broken their promise to stop confining pregnant mama pigs in crates for nearly their entire lives.
The pigs are impregnated over and over again for the course of their lives to keep a steady flow of pork coming through the farm.
Smithfield farms said in 2007 they would stop using the crates in ten years. They took back that promise in 2009, citing economic reasons. But recently they have been constantly growing as a company.
A rep for the HSUS said:
"Smithfield has refused to answer basic questions about when it will finally get rid of gestation crates. If Smithfield is truly committed to ending its practice of locking pigs in cramped cages that prevent them from even turning around for months on end, it should produce the records that prove it."
As a shareholder in Smithfield, the HSUS has the legal right to inspect corporate records and review data directly.
Let's hope they get to the bottom of this so we can finally save the pigs.
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