Since it’s been proven that pigs have better skills with video games than young children (and often better than chimps), have a good sense of direction, learn by watching one another and lead complex social lives similar to those of primates, why, then, are the females still being stuffed into crates so small they can barely move for their entire lives? The Humane Society recently asked Kansas-based Seaboard Foods those same questions in an attempt to get the pork processing plant to phase out its “gestation crates” which immobilize the animals through multiple pregnancies until they’re slaughtered.
According to a study done by Iowa State University, it’s even more economical to raise pigs in groups where they can socialize and move around.
“By switching to group housing, Seaboard could greatly reduce animal suffering and improve its bottom line," said Matthew Prescott, director of corporate policy for Humane Society of the Unites States.
Numerous fast food chains have been avoiding pork processing centers which still use the crates including Wendy’s, Burger King, Sonic, Chipotle and Hardee’s. Seaboard needs to read up on consumer polls which clearly state most restaurant patrons agree that humane treatment of animals is a priority. In fact, 89 percent of consumers agree that food suppliers who require their suppliers to treat animals humanely are doing the right thing.
Pigs have been proven to be smarter than dogs and sing to their young while nursing. Get on board, Seaboard.
Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary