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Smithfield: Vast Majority of our Sows Out of Gestation Crates

Smithfield Foods announced that it has made even more progress in moving away from controversial gestation crates, with 71.4 percent of its company-owned sows now in group housing. The previous benchmark was 54 percent in 2013. The world’s largest pork company also announced progress on the issue with its contractors. Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“We welcome Smithfield’s steady progress toward group sow housing. This move makes the writing on the wall even clearer that confining farm animals in cages simply has no future in the food industry. It’s long past time that Smithfield competitors like Hormel and Seaboard stop lagging on this issue and start moving into the 21st century.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545