Cargill agrees to phase out gestation crates

Cargill has plans to eliminate the use of gestation crates for Cargill-owned sows, the company announced.

By the end of 2015, Cargill will phase out the crates in the facilities it owns. Contract hog farms that contain Cargill-owned sows will move to group housing by 2017.

The offspring of Cargill-owned sows represent about 30% of the hogs slaughtered at Cargill pork processing facilities.

Pressure from clients and consumers led Cargill to make the change.

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