Applaud Ban on Inhumane Gestation Crates

Gestation Crates

Target: President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

Goal: Applaud Brazil for banning the use of cramped gestation crates on pig farms

Major changes are happening in Brazil, making animal activists rejoice. Steps are being taken in the country to ban gestation crates, cramped cages that pigs sit in for months or even years until they are finally slaughtered. Sign this petition and applaud the country for taking the necessary steps to remove these inhumane and unethical containers.

BRF, which is the nation’s largest pork producer, promised to remove all gestation crates on company-owned and -contracted farms. In addition, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply signed an agreement with the Brazilian Association of Pig Farmers and the European Union to encourage pig farmers to remove gestation crates from their property. Those that comply will be given training and equipment to house their pigs in a more humane manner. Other nations have followed suit: Canada, the European Union, and New Zealand have all made plans to ban gestation crates.

These containers house pregnant sows and barely give enough room for them to stand or lay down in. Various health problems result from occupying these containers: infections, weak bones, overgrown hooves, and a lack of social interaction. Oftentimes these sows are kept in these crates for their entire lives before they are butchered. It comes as a great relief that Brazil has decided to work towards banning these containers indefinitely. Sign this petition and applaud the nation for curbing this unethical practice.


Dear President Rousseff,

I want to applaud your country for working towards banning controversial and cruel gestational crates. Many countries have come to the realization that these containers are inhumane and should be removed immediately. Pigs are animals that can experience pain and can definitely suffer under these traumatic conditions. I am grateful that the pork industry realizes how abusive this is to their animals. Just because an animal will be killed eventually does not give humans the right to mistreat it until it is butchered.

I hope these crates will be banned in the future, and I hope other nations will follow suit. Pregnancy is an exhausting and painful process, one that shouldn’t be exacerbated by cramped and filthy conditions. I also hope that farmers will take to this change willingly. Please continue to be an example for other countries to follow; no pregnant animal should ever be placed in a cramped cage while delivering babies.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Marina nemchinova says:

    About time!

  2. It should never have happened to those animals in the first place!!
    More differences and changes need to be put in place for the sakes of these animals welfare and lives!!!
    I hope this is a start and one of many!!.
    Animals don’t deserve anything less than 100percent and that’s what they should get!!.

  3. Karen Remnant says:

    Well said Karen Weston-Challman! Money is the only reason these crates exist!

  4. I live in Scotland and we seem to have better animal welfare than some countries, don’t know what England welfare is like but even in my country there’s always room for improvement! I applaud Brazil’s President, thank you, but at least in Brazil the pigs were able to stand and sit and although unacceptable it was better than America as the pigs there are lying down and have know room to move at all and they have to lie like that for years and years and all of America’s Animal welfare is absolutely despicable, saw a film recently on You Tube and the way some American farmers and workers treated the animals was deliberate, wicked cruelty and abuse, kicking, punching, beating with metal bars for nothing else but pure torture and I hope all these human Monsters get charged and thrown in Jail after they get a good thumping from animal lovers!

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