Activists now target California pig producers
One of California's largest pig farmers has been dragged to court by animal
rights activists, claiming about 9,000 pregnant sows are kept 'cramped in
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, together with a group of
advocates and residents filed the complaint against CorcPork Inc., a pig farming
company based in Kings County. Also named as a defendant was California's
leading pork packer, Clougherty Packing, a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of
Hormel Foods Corporation.
Effective and humane
A Clougherty Packing spokesman said that the
farm's husbandry practices are 'scientifically proven to be effective and
humane,' and said that small gestation stalls prevent pregnant sows from biting
and scratching each other, as well as from rolling over on top of their
"This is the continuation of the seemingly endless attacks
by these extreme animal rights organizations against responsible livestock
farmers," he added.
By saying that the spokesman referred to earlier
court cases in the (virtually pigless) US states of Florida and Arizona, in
which gestation crates have been forbidden over the last couple of
In the European Union, legislation is compelling pig
farmers to be changing gradually from gestation crates into loose sow housing.
As from January 1st, 2013 all gestation crates have to be
â€¢ Animal Legal Defense Fund
â€¢ Hormel Foods
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