A cry for help from mother pigs

Pigs are intelligent, curious and empathetic animals. Given the choice, they would spend their days socializing with friends, rooting around for food and resting on comfortable bedding.

Sadly, pigs living on factory farms are not permitted to show off their intelligence or follow their instinctive curiosity. In factory farms across the world, pigs are confined to barren, small steel cages.

Mother pigs have it especially bad: inseminated in a cage no bigger than an average household refrigerator; with barely enough room to move, they are unable to even turn around.

Fortunately, thanks to people like you, things are set to change for mother pigs in Canada!

Canada can be a leader in pig welfare if we take a stand

In 2013, the voices of Canadian consumers moved the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) to commit to improve the welfare of pregnant pigs by raising them in group and pen housing by the end of 2022.

Since the RCC includes major grocery brands like Walmart Canada, this commitment will improve the lives of millions of factory farmed pigs.

As the 2022 deadline approaches, RCC members must have started on the path of making improvements for pigs in their supply chains. But we haven’t heard much, (Walmart Canada makes no mention of their commitment to mother pigs on their website).

And so, we’re asking Walmart Canada to publicly and proudly reaffirm their promise to mother pigs.

If we can convince a global leading brand like Walmart to publicly celebrate their commitment to pigs, it will pave the way for others to follow.

Will you join us and tell Walmart Canada to take a stand for pigs?

Mother pigs need mental stimulation, but on factory farms they are confined in barren environments. Unable to move or even turn around, they bite the bars of their steel cages out of boredom.
Factory farmed mother pigs receive limited food, so they are constantly hungry. As a result of chronic hunger, they resort to repetitively chewing, making them froth at the mouth.
Confined to a steel cage no bigger than a fridge, factory farmed mother pigs are unable to perform natural and instinctual behaviour such as rooting, exploring and socializing. This confinement and isolation causes awful psychological trauma.

Ask Walmart Canada to take a stand for pigs

Canadians expect their supermarkets to make sure farm animals are raised right. And supermarkets have a responsibility to inform their customers about how the animals in their supply chain are treated.

Sign our petition and help us convince Walmart to be a vocal and proud leader in raising pigs right.

A mother pig looks through the bars of her cage on a factory farm.

92% of Canadians believe it's important that pigs are reared in conditions with high welfare standards. Are you one of them?

A global problem

Three out of four mother pigs globally remain in cages for life. The terrible conditions imposed on pigs cause them physical and psychological suffering.

  • They develop skin lesions, painful lameness, digestive problems and lung disease.
  • They become noticeably depressed and agitated.
  • Isolation and lack of stimulation makes their eyes sink into their heads.
  • Chronic hunger causes mother pigs to chew with an empty mouth, continuing even as it’s frothing.

Factory farmed pigs have no joy in their lives. Only pain and suffering.

Our report, 'A Pig’s Tale: Exposing the facts of factory farming' provides a detailed research and examination of the lives of factory farmed pigs.

There is a better way

Mother pigs don’t belong alone in cages. They should be free to socialize with other pigs and have enrichments like straw to chew and play with.

If we raise pigs right by meeting their welfare needs, we will reduce stress, injury and disease. Pigs will be healthier and happier. They deserve a life beyond suffering.

A global movement to protect pigs

Around the world, we are calling on producers to adopt higher welfare for their pigs.

We have already seen some of the world’s largest companies make commitments to improve pig welfare in Thailand, Brazil and China.

Our offices around the world are building on this momentum and raising awareness among consumers. By adding your voice to our petition and our movement, we can move more producers to improve the lives of more pigs.

Please join us and ask Walmart Canada to be a vocal leader in raising pigs right, both here in Canada and around the world.

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