Denny's Diner - Extreme Cruelty to Mother Pigs (Trigger Warning)
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Denny's, an American diner-style restaurant chain known for always being open, promised to end the use of crates for mother pigs 10 years ago.
Instead of fulfilling its commitment, Denny’s has reported little progress in removing and reducing gestation crates from their supply chain and now refuses to be transparent about further plans to stop forcing mother pigs to be locked in crates that are barely bigger than their own bodies.
Gestation crates are so cruel they are banned in ten states in the U.S. – Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Rhode Island – as well as in the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Major companies across all sectors are on track to seriously reduce the use of gestation crates in their supply chains, as a step to eliminating crates entirely, by 2025 or 2026, including Jack in the Box, Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy’s. Other prominent companies, like Chipotle and Shake Shack, have been crate-free for years.
We can’t let Denny's continue to ignore mother pigs who are suffering in crates. These animals need us to fight for them.
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6 Millions Pigs Live in Gestation Crates
In the US pig industry, a majority of the 6 million female pigs are confined in a gestation crate. These metal crates where mother pigs are often kept for the majority of their pregnancies for up to 4 months. After their piglets are weaned and taken away from them, they are forced into these crates again to repeat the painful cycle.
Cruelest Forms of Confinement
These 7-by-2-foot crates take a large physical and mental toll on the animals. In these crates, pigs are unable to walk, turn around, or even stand comfortably. Beneath them are hard floors with slats for the urine and feces to fall through before collecting in giant outdoor waste lagoons. Professor Ian Duncan, a scholar of animal welfare at the University of Guelph, has described it as “one of the cruelest forms of confinement devised by humankind.”
They Can't Even Turn Around...
Scientific research shows that gestation crates cause physical and psychological suffering to sows, including lameness due to weak bones and muscles, abrasion injuries, cardiovascular problems, overgrown hooves, digestive problems, and urinary tract problems. It’s no wonder, they are crammed into filthy sheds in cages where they can’t turn around, for months at a time.