09 Nov '11, 11am

Revealed: the secret horror of the world's 'mega' factory farms - news - The Ecologist

Revealed: the secret horror of the world's 'mega' factory farms - news - The Ecologist

One of the most despairing cases is that of the sow. The gestation stalls that pregnant hogs are confined in has been described by Dr. Temple Grandin as, ‘like being stuffed into the middle seat of a jam-packed jumbo jet for your whole adult life, and you're not ever allowed out in the aisle.' The recent complaint by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) against Smithfield Farms , the largest pork producer in the world is proof that the fight to end this cruel practice is far from over. Smithfield committed publicly to phasing out gestation crates by 2017, but, HSUS claim they have gone back on this commitment, leaving no timeline for a phase out. Smithfield have responded to the complaint, pointing out that 30 per cent of sows will be out of gestation crates by end 2011.

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