And This Little Piggy Said “Hooray, I Don’t Have to Suffer in a Sow Stall”!

McDonald’s recently announced that it will aid its suppliers in phasing out so-called “sow stalls,” which house pregnant pigs and have been decried as inhumane:

“McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future,” Dan Gorsky, senior vice president for supply chain management for McDonald’s North America, said in a statement. “There are alternatives we think are better for the welfare of sows.”

Several states have banned have banned the use of restrictive crates by the meat and poultry industry, but with McDonald’s lending their purchasing power, animal-rights activists think the practice is nearing its end.

There’s no word yet on whether states will ban the tiny crates that are used to pen humans, commonly known as “offices.”

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