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Imagine never being able to turn around

Sonic Drive-In is involved in one of the worst factory farming practices: locking pregnant pigs in gestation crates—cages so small that they can’t even turn around.

Since 2008, several US restaurant chains have pledged to stop using gestation crates for pregnant pigs. Eleven states and several countries have already made this practice illegal. Companies like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Chipotle have made progress, while Sonic lags behind.


Gestation crates for pigs are a real problem…Basically, you’re asking a sow to live in an airline seat…I think it’s something that needs to be phased out.

Temple Grandin
Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University

…[T]he close confinement of sows in stalls or tethers is one of the most extreme examples of cruelty to an animal. It continues throughout much of life and is much worse than severely beating an animal or most laboratory experiments.

Donald M. Broom
Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Cambridge

Confinement of sows during pregnancy, especially in individual stalls or on tethers, can be cold, uncomfortable, and injurious, and imposes severe restrictions on natural behavior.

John Webster
Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry, University of Bristol, Creator of the Five Freedoms

Negative Effects of Gestation Crates

This information is based on public information. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of these statements or whether these are up-to-date policy statements. All images on this website are representative of farms that use gestation crates and do not necessarily come from farms that supply Sonic.