Jane Velez-Mitchell, host of the Jane Velez-Mitchell show on HLN, tackled the recent issue of the use of gestation crates in a recent op-ed piece.
She describes what exactly a gestation crate is:
"A breeding sow spends most of her life in a tiny cage. It’s usually about seven feet long and two feet wide. She cannot turn around. She cannot scratch herself. She must urinate and defecate where she stands."
She is a huuuuge animal lover, so when she heard that McDonalds is phasing out gestation crates she almost started crying tears of joy.
Then, we she heard they were going to phase them out by 2022 she almost started crying tears of sadness and anger.
She summed up her feelings by saying:
"I felt hoodwinked. I felt angry. If you know something is morally reprehensible then it is your moral obligation to stop it as soon as possible. If you see a child who is being kept in abusive conditions you don’t say, 'Hey, I’ll be back in a decade and get you out of this jam.' You do something immediately."
She said gestation crates are almost like torture because pigs are so smart.
"According to the Humane Society of the United States, studies show pigs are more intelligent than dogs and even some primates. Scientists have shown that pigs are capable of playing simple video games, learning from each other, and even learning names.
I believe McDonald's, and all the other companies who are prolonging the process of ending this institutionalized torture, are foot-dragging despite the pleas of American consumers who are decent people and don’t want to co-sign or subsidize this incomprehensible cruelty."
She makes some really really great points.
If you'd like to read her whole piece, click HERE!
C'mon food companies, let's set those piggies free!
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