Now that animal activists have helped ban sow gestation crates in Florida, they’re targeting Iowa.
According to a Des Moines Register article, a slew of animal activist groups will begin a two-year campaign in early December to ban confinement operations in Iowa. Leading the way is the Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals.
“We want to begin an orderly transition to humane and sustainable agriculture,” says Chris Bedford, national campaign coordinator of HSUS. He says the transition begins with the phase out of livestock confinement buildings.
This is a huge step for the activists going from a state with two pork operations to the nation’s leading pork-producing state, with approximately 1.1 million sows in Iowa.
Overall, USDA reports that about two-thirds of the nation’s six million sows are housed in gestation stalls.
Des Moines Register