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June 8, 2014

Cargill Announces Major Shift from Controversial Pig Cages

The Humane Society of the United States Welcomes Agribusiness Giant’s Progress

As reported by The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota-based agricultural giant Cargill announced  that it will end the use of gestation crates on its company-owned pig facilities by 2015 and its contractors’ facilities by 2017.  Cargill is the largest private corporation in the United States.

HSUS Vice President of Farm Animal Protection Paul Shapiro responded to the announcement with the following statement:

“Cargill’s decision brings us closer to the day when gestation crates will be relics of the past in the pork industry.  Americans simply don’t support locking animals in cages barely larger than their bodies, and Cargill is right to be leading its industry away from the practice.”

Cargill’s announcement follows similar announcements from more than 60 of the country’s largest food retailers— including McDonald’s and Costco—declaring plans to eliminate the confinement cages from their supply chains.

Additionally, Smithfield Foods announced plans to further shift away from gestation crates, and meat giant Tyson Foods stated that “future sow housing” should allow animals to turn around.


Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 240-751-2669

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