Let’s chat this out in the comments – I want to hear what you think. There are two sides to every opinion – this one does not have much room for grey. You either support gestation crates, don’t care (then why are you reading this?) or wish they would all disappear.
I’ve thought a lot about them. I have spent a lot of time reading about them. And at the end of the day, I don’t believe that the pork farmers that use them are bad people. I think they use them because they are trying to protect the sows during a very vulnerable time.
I am also not set in my thinking and love an honest, respectful conversation. I understand there are issues with gestation crates. If pigs could talk, I would love to hear what their choice would be – to put up with fighting in a group of other pigs or deal with safe but cramped quarters. Since they can’t talk, all we can do is guess and chat it out.
So, let’s chat.
I think everyone has opinions on the crates, but what about the facts about why farmers use them? Well, Ryan Goodman wrote an excellent and in-depth post explaining the facts and logic behind the crates. Good read to get ya started for this discussion.
To give you some food for thought, I found this 5 year-old video from Australia. Age and location aside, it shares both sides equally. Sows in gestation stalls/crates are protected from the super aggressive sows. They receive plenty of food without having to fight the other pigs for it – and a pregnant sow needs the food more than the bully, non pregnant one, right? Of course the crates are pretty cramped – they offer enough room to turn around and walk about one step forward and backwards. But in the interest of protecting those unborn piglets, I think gestation crates are necessary.
What do you think?
*please note – I will be monitoring these comments. Any vulgar, hateful language will be edited as needed. I want this to be a thoughtful, positive discussion 🙂