World's Largest Meat Processing Company Gives Up Gestation Crates
Breaking news: The world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, has announced that it plans to phase out its use of highly-controversial sow gestation crates by 2016, replacing them with the use of group housing systems. JBS owns SEARA, the second largest pork producer in Brazil, so this move will have a sweeping impact on numerous pigs, improving their quality of life. The EU banned gestation crates in 2013, and other countries are on track to phase them out completely as well in coming years: Australia by 2017, New Zealand by 2016, and Canada by 2024. The US does not yet have a national ban on gestation crates, though 9 states have taken steps to end the practice.
Gestation crates are livestock living quarters slightly larger than the size of the animal, designed specifically to prevent the animal from moving around, reducing them to living incubators for offspring. Animals who are imprisoned in these crates experience a host of health problems, ranging from physical to psychological.
Original article: http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/06/brazil-company-to-end-use-of-gestation-crates.html?credit=blog_post_060415_idhome-page
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