According to a news story, “The nation’s second-largest grocery chain [Safeway] said it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.”
And in another news story, “Denny’s has pledged it will only purchase bacon, sausage and other pork products from companies that don’t take part in the practice [of using gestation crates].”
Pregnant sows live for four months in gestation crates that are about the same size they are.
Several states have banned the practice of confining sows to gestation crates and additional states have legislation pending. In addition to Safeway and Denny’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s have also announced they will require their suppliers to eliminate gestation crates; and Smithfield and Hormel along with Cargill are also on board to eliminate gestation crates in their operations.
Take Action: Write notes to these companies and applaud their decision to work to end the cruel confinement of sows in gestation crates. Urge them to put their policies into practice as soon as possible. In the meantime, consider changing your diet to reflect a more compassionate way of eating. Check out our article on vegetarian/vegan eating and our plant-based section. A vegetarian/vegan diet promotes healthy eating, environmental sustainability, and best of all compassion for farmed animals.
Steven A. Burd, CEO
Safeway, Inc. Corporate Headquarters
5918 Stoneridge Mall
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Tele. no.: 925-467-3000
John C. Miller, CEO
Corporate Office Headquarters
203 E. Main St.
Spartanburg, SC 29319
Tele. no.: 864-597-8000