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Pig in a cage next to a parody of the logo of Aldi. Banner asks them to ban cages.

Pigs and hens suffer in cages for Aldi

Aldi, a German-based international grocery chain, allows the cruelest factory farming practices imaginable in their US supply chain. Of all the terrible ways used to lock up farmed animals, cages are at the top of the list.

However, in Germany, Aldi is known for their progressive animal welfare standards and do not use battery cages for hens or gestation crates for pigs. By using cages in its US operations, Aldi not only lags behind many of its US competitors, but it also contradicts its own brand standards and animal welfare principles.

A growing number of companies, including Aldi’s competitors like Kroger, Target, and Costco, are ending the confinement of animals in cages. It is a cruel practice, and several U.S. states and countries worldwide have already banned it.

Pigs and hens shouldn’t spend their entire lives suffering in cages for Aldi US.


Interior of a factory farm with a pig biting the bars of her cage.

Aldi’s professed commitment to animal welfare is not just unconvincing but hypocritical, as they continue to condone the cruelest factory farming practices in their US operations. Caging hens and pregnant pigs is an outdated and inhumane practice, and it contradicts Aldi’s own principles.

Dane Charbeneau
Campaigns Manager
Animal Equality

Keep Speaking up for animals trapped in cages

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

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

[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.

Donald M. Broom
Professor of Animal Welfare.
University of Cambridge
John Webster, Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry, University of Bristol.

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
Sr. Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry and creator of The Five Freedoms.
University of Bristol

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Animal Equality is an international organization that works with society, government, and companies to end animal cruelty.

We work in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, and India.