Media Statement: Tyson Foods Wants to Stop Using Gestation Crates, Make ‘Animal Welfare Adjustments’

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2014

Ending the use of gestation crates eliminates one of the cruelest practices on intensive pig factory farms, where sows are confined to tight metal crates for most of their lives, unable to take even one step or ever turn around. However, Tyson continues to drag its feet on this issue and is taking no real action to end this practice on its farms. While consumers wait, PETA is reminding everyone that there is an easy way to stop the suffering of pigs by deciding not to eat them, as the crates are just one horrific practice among many that all cause unimaginable suffering for pigs, such as being transported in all weather extremes to slaughter, where their throats are cut while they’re still conscious. People can learn how to go vegan in three simple steps at

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind