February 13, 2014
Actor Paul Wesley Urges Pork Giant to Uncage its Pigs
The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has written a letter urging pork industry giant Seaboard Corporation to end its use of controversial and inhumane gestation crates. These cages are used to confine breeding pigs. They are so small the animals cannot even turn around. Seaboard is one of the largest pork producers in the United States and raises more than 4.3 million pigs each year.
Wesley’s letter comes after McDonald’s, Costco, Oscar Mayer and more than 60 other major food companies announced their shift away from gestation crate operations. Seaboard competitors such as Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods and Cargill responded with similar plans to move away from gestation crates.
Many family farmers nationwide do not use gestation crates and according to the National Pork Board, a majority of pork producers are in the process of switching to crate-free housing methods due to the pressure from other companies.
Wesley joins a long list of celebrities including Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell and Martha Stewart who have joined The Humane Society of the United States and taken a stand against gestation crates.