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Update Regarding Gestation Stalls
posted on February 1, 2007

Will Pigs Suffer 10 more years? Female pigs are kept in "sow stalls" or "gestation stalls" for their entire lives since they are continuously impregnated. They are kept for at least 2 years leaving only to give birth
and to be impregnanted. When they are "spent" they are sent to slaughter. After the births the mom is put into a farrowing pen to allegedly prevent the mom from crushing any piglets - she is in a modified sow stall and the piglets are in an adjacent pen. This is done because it maximizes profits (a large number of animals can be kept in a small space, labour is reduced by enabling automated feeding and watering and it prevents pigs from fighting). Maple Leaf's plan will only apply only to pigs raised in company-owned plants, not those
it buys from other farmers. Consumers will have no way of knowing whether the food on their tables came from a Maple Leaf farm or an independent producer. Read more...