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How Some Food Retailers Are Coming to the Rescue of Pigs

August 08, 2012

After working with The Humane Society of the United States, many of the largest restaurant chains, grocery stores and food manufacturers have announced policies to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chain.

This consequential list includes food industry giants like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Kroger and Safeway.

How has the pork industry itself responded to these policies? Some leading pork companies, like Smithfield, Hormel and Cargill, are heading in the right direction by reducing their use of gestation crates and phasing in more humane housing systems. These actions are not only good for pigs, they’re good for business. By aligning with the policies of the largest pork buyers, these companies are creating a practical business model.


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