Gestation crates are cages that pregnant pigs are locked in so that the pig cannot move around.
They are incredibly cruel and Smithfield Foods (a major pig meat user) had pledged to stop using them by 2017.
And now Hormel, makers of SPAM, have decided to join in by pledging to stop using gestation crates by 2017 as well.
In response, the Humane Society's president and CEO said:
"This is great news from Hormel. This decision brings us closer to the day when the cruel confinement of pigs in gestation crates will be a bygone era for the entire pork industry.
We thank Hormel for making this decision and urge the company to also apply it to any contract pig breeders it may use.
We also urge Hormel's competitors such as Tyson, Triumph, Prestage and Seaboard to stop lagging behind and get on the gestation-crate free pathway."
Hopefully all the other companies follow suit.
Some states, like Arizona and Colorado are already enacting laws that will eventually ban the use of gestation crates entirely.
Save the piggies!
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