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HSUS and SumOfUs join to take on Tyson and gestation stalls

On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy organization SumOfUs joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to pressure Tyson Foods to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The effort included a petition involving 250,000 messages. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms responds to MFA video

Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. released a statement on Wednesday regarding an undercover video shot on one of its production sites by Mercy for Animals (MFA). “The Company is committed to utilizing best practices supported by scientific research to promote good individual animal health,” it said. FULL STORY »

Kmart added to gestation crate list

Sears Holdings announced today that the company will begin informing suppliers of a new policy statement regarding the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company did not include a timeline, but the growing target from other food companies is 2022. FULL STORY »

Animal Care Panel reviews MFA undercover video

The Animal Care Review Panel, a panel of animal well-being experts, created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has completed a review of a 4:14-minute video clip posted on the Internet on July 16. Here's their assessment. FULL STORY »

Gestation crate pressure builds; Costco buckles

The pork sector was abuzz late on Tuesday with hints of a Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover video focusing on pork production, along with a campaign to pressure two major retailers to abandon pork suppliers that could be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Heinz embraces gestation-stall-free pork

H.J. Heinz Company, best known for ketchup but which has a variety of food products, is the latest company to announce that it will focus on doing business with pork suppliers who are not associated with gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Gestation-sow stalls black listed again

Another quick-serve food company has come out against gestation-sow stalls. On Monday, Fresh Enterprises, LLC, which owns Baja Fresh, La Salsa Mexican Grill and Canyon’s Burger restaurants, announced that it “supports industry efforts to move away from gestation crates.” FULL STORY »

Oscar Mayer joins the anti-gestation-stall list

Oscar Mayer officials announced on Friday that the company will give its pork suppliers 10 years to eliminate gestation-sow stalls within their pork production systems and adopt alternative housing. FULL STORY »

CKE Restaurants set a 2022 no-gestation-stall deadline

Two more quick-serve restaurants have sent the message that they will work to phase out suppliers whose pork can be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are under the umbrella of CKE Restaurants. FULL STORY »

Sow productivity takes a dip

One of the surprising numbers in USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report was found in the pigs per litter category for the second quarter. While pork producers saved 0.6 percent more pigs per litter, previous trends had that number near 1.5 percent and beyond. FULL STORY »

Gestation-stall debate is not clear cut

Pork producers and consumers alike are increasingly talking about gestation-sow housing since some major U.S. grocers and restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, have cited plans to stop buying pork that can be traced back to gestation stalls. However, lost in the conversation is why pork producers began using stalls in the first place. FULL STORY »

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