05 September 2011

Petition tells Hormel to 'stop the suffering behind spam'

In the US 3.8 cans of Spam, the canned precooked meat product made by Hormel, are consumed every second. It is also sold in over 41 countries, becoming popular after World War 2.

Hormel keeps their sows in gestation crates basically the size of the sow itself. The crates do not allow the pig to walk or even turn around. It has been shown that pigs being social animals suffer from a lack of interaction which causes many to go crazy.

A statement from the Humane Society explains " breeding pigs used by Hormel are confined in these crates for their entire four month pregnancy, placed into another crate to give birth, then put back into the gestation crate". This is a continuos cycle for the entire sow's life, until she is slaughtered.

Hormel's own "animal welfare" advisor Temple Grandin describes the extreme confinement as a person living their whole life in an airplane seat. Grandin believes the gestation crate needs to be phased out.

Seven US States and the European Union have passed laws to ban gestation crates. It’s time that this cruel practice comes to an end. Please sign the petition below to have your voice heard. Every animal deserves to be treated with respect and given a basic quality life.

Click here to petition Hormel to end gestation crates.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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