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Published on Feb 25, 2008
On February 5th, members of Mercy For Animals held a silent protest outside the Annual Ohio Pork Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The eye-catching demonstration drew attention to the pork industry's use of gestation crates--barren 2-foot wide metal stalls where pregnant sows are forced to spend most of their adult lives before being slaughtered.
Sows in gestation crates are unable to walk or turn around and are forced to stand and lie on concrete slated floors covered in their own excrement for the duration of their four-month pregnancies. Barely able to move, the pigs develop crippling joint disorders, bruises, open soars, and lameness.