I was shocked and horrified by the animal abuse recently documented on hidden camera by Mercy For Animals at one of your pork suppliers – Iowa Select Farms. Meat from these abused animals is currently being sold in your stores under the Swift brand pork.
I am disgusted to see how pregnant pigs are kept locked in narrow, metal gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies. In such intensive and unrelenting confinement, these intelligent and social animals are unable to even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, or engage in other basic behaviors. These restrictive crates are so cruel that a growing number of states have moved to ban them.
It's time that your grocery chain becomes a leader on animal welfare issues by adopting strict policies and oversight to prevent this unnecessary animal abuse. Please make the compassionate and socially responsible choice to immediately enact a company-wide policy prohibiting the sale of pork from suppliers that confine pigs in cruel and inhumane gestation crates.
Thank you for your time and consideration.