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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

A growing number of companies are ending the confinement of animals in cages. It is a cruel practice, and several US states and countries across the world have already banned it.

Aldi’s inaction shows that they don’t care about the suffering of these animals. Their “commitment to the well-being of animals” while pigs and hens spend their entire lives in cages for Aldi is a clear example of their hypocrisy and empty words.

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 Caging hens and pregnant pigs is an outdated and inhumane practice, at odds with the progressive steps taken by many of their competitors, and it contradicts Aldi’s own principles.

Dane Charbeneau
Campaigns Manager
Animal Equality
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 suffering knows no national borders

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.