Save the Sows

Animal Squad Call to Action

February 9th, 2019

On factory farms, a mother pig (sow) is kept in a farrowing crate. It is only just bigger her body. She cannot turn around – she can only lie down and stand up. Around each crate is an area for her piglets, but the sow cannot build a nest which she has a strong desire to do.

A sow stays in this crate for five weeks after her piglets are born. Her babies are then taken away from her. She is forced to have more babies, and she is forced into this tiny crate over and over again. These conditions lead to boredom and distress. This is no way to treat a mother.

But there is hope. You can help bring an end to this cruelty.

New Zealanders up and down the country signed their name to end farrowing crates. In 2018 SAFE handed Parliament the largest petition submitted in five years – over 110,000 signatures. The submission is currently being reviewed.

SAFE is calling on all of its Animal Squad members to send a letter or artwork to our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern asking for a ban on farrowing crates.

Let her know why you think farrowing crates are cruel and why they should be banned.

We have created a printable action sheet for you to use with all the details you will need.

Farrowing Crate Action Sheet

Of course, we would love to see what you create. Email us and your creation could be featured in the next newsletter or blog!

P.S. Meet our friend, Dot the rescue pig: