Think about this for a moment. Imagine a puppy suffering and slowly, painfully dying of dehydration from diarrhea. Now imagine 7 million of them experiencing that.






“We already know that the pork industry has been defending irresponsible practices that are quickly losing favor with customers, such as the inhumane confinement of pigs inside gestation crates so small the animals are unable even to turn around for essentially their entire lives. Experts like Temple Grandin, Ph.D., condemn such extreme immobilization, and companies like McDonald’s decry it as unsustainable.


But rather than helping its industry shepherd in a new era without iron maidens, the pork industry’s leadership has been actively trying to thwart evolution toward better systems. For example, in 2012, the National Pork Producers Council’s spokesperson dismissed concerns about cruelty to breeding pigs, quipping, “So our animals can’t turn around for the 2.5 years that they are in the stalls producing piglets. I don’t know who asked the sow if she wanted to turn around …”