Know What a Gestation Crate Is?

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Posted May 6, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

Mother pigs on factory farms do.

Almost all of the 100 million pigs killed for food in the U.S. every year endure horrific conditions in factory farms. These social, sensitive animals spend their lives in extremely crowded, filthy warehouses, in which they are deprived of even natural sunlight until the day that they are crammed onto a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.

Mother pigs spend their lives confined to tiny metal crates. They are surrounded by cold metal bars and lie on wet, feces-coated concrete floors.

When they are old enough to give birth, female pigs are artificially inseminated and imprisoned for the entire length of their pregnancies in “gestation crates,” which are cages only 2 feet wide that are too small for them even to turn around or lie down comfortably in.

One worker describes the process:

They beat the shit out of them [the mother pigs] to get them inside the crates because they don’t want to go. This is their only chance to walk around, get a little exercise, and they don’t want to go [back into a crate].

This is NOT OK. Leave pigs off your plate and encourage your family and friends to do so too.

Better yet, pledge to go vegan!

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  • Profile photo of veggyhead

    518 days ago

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    thank god no one convinces me to eat meat xO poor mamma and baby pigs :/

  • 1475 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my god D: This is so sad. I don’t know how people can continue to eat animals when this is how they are treated. I understand that it is hard to give it up but I could never eat meat again knowing the price animals pay for it. They don’t deserve this.. they deserve respect! Humans sicken me so much sometimes. Some people argue that it is only natural to eat other animals because we are “on top of the food chain” and “all other animals do it” .. but I know they are just trying to excuse their actions. People want their actions to agree with their beliefs, so they try to convince themselves that it’s ok when everyone knows deep down that it’s not! The fact is, humans no longer need to eat animsl for SURVIVAL- some animals in the wild need it for survival. But we have a choice! Maybe if people did this in a humane way it wouldn’t be so bad, but the way the animals are treated disgusts me so much. It would be completely unacceptable and ILLEGAl to do that to a human.. and animals deserve the same rights. I’m glad there are strong and caring people who support PETA and similar organizations who are helping to make a difference and give these animals a voice.. don’t give up! <3

    • 1475 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      *animals

  • 1478 days ago

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    i hate pork… but i love pigs. i wish people would just stop torturing animals and if you have to kill them do it in a humane way.

  • 1478 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :( those poor pigs!

    i’m glad i’m a vegetarian

  • 1479 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is evil i cant even believe the workers say this crap!

  • 1480 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so sad! pigs should not have to go through this, what if we had to go through that every time we got pregnant ?!

  • 1480 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    go vegan! 4 years strong! i hope one day that we will be free!

  • 1480 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :( No one in my family eats pork anyways.

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