Hormel Foods Corp., one of the nation’s top pork producing companies best known for producing SPAM, announced that it will be phasing out the use of gestation crates by 2017. The announcement comes just days after The Humane Society of the United States revealed the results of an undercover investigation on gestation crate facilities owned by some of the nation’s largest pork producers.
In response to the announcement, The HSUS’ president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle, released the following statement: “This is great news from Hormel. This decision brings us closer to the day when the cruel confinement of pigs in gestation crates will be a bygone era for the entire pork industry. We thank Hormel for making this decision and urge the company to also apply it to any contract pig breeders it may use. We also urge Hormel’s competitors such as Tyson, Triumph, Prestage and Seaboard to stop lagging behind and get on the gestation-crate free pathway.”
It’s a wonderful step in the right direction that Hormel has made this commitment. Still, 2017 is a long way off for these pigs who endure every single day of their lives unable even to turn around. We can all take responsibility by keeping pigs off our plates, or in the very least, dramatically reducing the amount of meat we eat.