On Monday of this week, McDonald’s announced that they will now require U.S. pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates. In a press release by the Humane Society of the United States, Dan Gorsky, the senior vice presidents of McDonald’s North American Supply Chain Managment said, “McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows… McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain.” This step by McDonald’s has been called an ‘earthquake’ in the pig business, but some animal rights activists feel that McDonald’s isn’t doing enough to improve their animal welfare standards.
What do you think about McDonald’s announcement to phase out gestation grates?
The Humane Society of the United States released undercover footage today, taken at Oklahoma pig breeding faciliies owned by the two leading U.S. pork producers. HSUS also filed complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange and Federal Trade Commission, alleging false and misleading information about the animal care.
In a press release by HSUS , “In addition to the extreme confinement endured by animals at both facilities, the investigations found workers cutting piglets’ testicles and tails off with no painkiller, injured piglets with their legs duct-taped to their bodies, gestation crates overflowing with feces and urine, and employees hitting pigs’ genitals to force them to move from one crate to another.”
Please forward this investigation to your friends, family and anyone else that you think would benefit. Even though the footage is tough to watch, it’s key to educating people about what happens on factory farms.