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COMPASS CAN END EXTREME SUFFERING FOR MOTHER PIGS

Compass Group promised to end the use of crates for mother pigs 10 years ago. Instead of fulfilling its commitment, Compass weakened it again and again and now refuses to make any meaningful progress to stop forcing mother pigs to be locked in crates that are barely bigger than their bodies.

Gestation crates are so cruel they are banned in ten states in the U.S. – Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Rhode Island – as well as in the United Kingdom and Sweden. Compass chooses to ignore this cruelty.

Over 100 companies in the U.S. have committed to banning gestation crates including Aramark, Nestlé, Campbell’s, and Kraft Heinz. Even some pet food companies have made meaningful commitments to end the use of gestation crates.

Compass Group has broken its promise to you, the animals, and the companies it works with. We can’t let them continue to ignore mother pigs who are suffering in crates. These animals need us to fight for them.

These images represent pig farms that use gestation crates.

Ten years after committing to stop buying meat from mother pigs in cages, Compass has reported 90% of the pigs it sources and sells still come from mothers who spent four months locked up in a cage. This is physically and psychologically devastating for mother pigs.  Katie Arth, Intl. Director of Corporate Outreach
Animal Equality

CONTACT COMPASS GROUP LEADERSHIP AND DEMAND THEY STOP USING CRATES!

“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
“...the 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 behaviour.”

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

6 million pigs are in gestation crates

In the U.S. pig industry, a majority of the 6 million female pigs are confined in a gestation crate. These metal crates where mother pigs are often kept for the majority of their pregnancies for up to 4 months. After their piglets are weaned and taken away from them, they are forced into these crates again to repeat the painful cycle.

CRUELEST FORMS OF CONFINEMENT

These 7-by-2-foot crates take a large physical and mental toll on the animals. In these crates, pigs are unable to walk, turn around, or even stand comfortably. Beneath them are hard floors with slats for the urine and feces to fall through before collecting in giant outdoor waste lagoons. Professor Ian Duncan, a scholar of animal welfare at the University of Guelph, has described it as “one of the cruelest forms of confinement devised by humankind.”

THEY CAN’T EVEN TURN AROUND

Scientific research shows that gestation crates cause physical and psychological suffering to sows, including lameness due to weak bones and muscles, abrasion injuries, cardiovascular problems, overgrown hooves, digestive problems, and urinary tract problems. It’s no wonder, they are crammed into filthy sheds in cages where they can’t turn around, for months at a time.

These Companies Have Already Committed to Ban Cages for Mother Pigs

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