By: Will Coggin
Newspaper: Wichita Eagle
Despite Cargill’s move away from gestation stalls, or individual maternity pens, most pork producers continue to use them because they are a humane way to house pregnant pigs (“Cargill changing housing for its sow operations,” June 10 Business Today).
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians both agree that maternity pens provide for animal welfare. Individual pens allow for individual feeding and care and prevent sows from fighting and injuring other animals.
The noise on this issue is coming solely from loudmouthed animal rights radicals at the Humane Society of the United States. This group is so extreme that its food policy director has compared farms to Nazi concentration camps.
According to polling, consumers widely side with farmers and veterinarians over animal rights activists when it comes to animal welfare issues. That’s something any food retailer should keep in mind.