Stop Confining Pregnant Pigs in Cramped Crates


Target: Dr. Nick Smith, New Zealand Minister for the Environment

Goal: Ban inhumane pig farrowing crates that tightly enclose sows so that the animals can’t even turn around.

Farrowing crates continue to be used in factory farms that breed pigs for human consumption, despite the fact that the crates are incredibly cruel. Female breeding pigs are kept in these narrow metal stalls their entire lives, with the aim being to restrict the sows’ movements so that they cannot even turn around. New Zealand’s National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has authorized the continued use of these crates after a specific review into welfare concerns regarding the crates. We must act now to stop the use of these inhumane crates.

Anyone allowing the use of these crates to remain legal clearly does not have the welfare of animals at heart. Breeding and slaughtering animals for meat is inherently cruel, but restricting sentient and intelligent beings to metal enclosures for their entire lives is beyond inhumane.

Sign this petition urging authorities to ban this cruel enclosure at once.


Dear Dr. Smith,

It is shocking that farrowing crates are still being used in intensive pig farming in this day and age, considering how inhumane they are. Sows are confined in these small metal enclosures for their entire lives. They are so narrow that the animals cannot even turn around. The NAWAC’s recent review, concluding that this is the best system to meet the welfare of pigs, is incredibly shocking and disturbing and should be contested at once.

We demand that farrowing crates are banned immediately to ensure that no more animals have to suffer from this incredibly cruel method of confinement.


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  1. Pregnant or not, no animal should be held in this kind of cruel confinement! Throughout countries farrowing crates are now banned and cage free animal farming is now for the ethical humane treatment for animals. Let the NAWAC live the rest of their lives in a metal enclosure. I think this is the best system for them!

  2. sabita patwardhan says:

    Completely shitty, shitty people.

  3. I’m not an expert, but these look an awful lot like things that sows are enclosed in – temporarily – so that the piglets can safely nurse without their mother moving away or rolling onto them by mistake. Honestly, I’d be more concerned about the grating the piglets are standing on in that photo; it looks small enough for tiny feet to potentially get stuck in.

  4. Anita Culling says:

    I am ashamed to say I used to eat meat for many years. I don’t anymore. I wish I never had eaten meat. The cruelty of farm animals is dreadful. This is dreadful. Pigs are intelligent animals. The human race will come to its senses one day and stop eating meat. please treat these pigs with compassion.

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