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Cargill: We’re Ahead of Schedule on Pig Housing

Cargill has announced that as of this week, 100 percent of the company’s breeding sows are housed in open groups rather than confined in gestation crates—11 months ahead of Cargill’s previously-projected timeline. Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response:

“We welcome the news that Cargill is far ahead of schedule in moving pigs from tiny restrictive cages to open groups where they can move and engage in more of their natural behaviors. McDonald’s, Burger King, Nestle, Costco and dozens of other companies have made clear that these crates must go, and that major producers like Cargill are so actively moving to eliminate them will no doubt hasten the day when locking animals in metal boxes barely larger than their own bodies is a thing of the past. We hope that industry groups like the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council will also embrace a future where pigs aren’t so extremely confined, rather than continuing to defend such an out-of-date practice.”

Media Contact: Vincenza Previte; vprevite@humanesociety.org; 240-551-9092

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