Update on Important Petition by the SPCA – Stop The Use of Sow Crates

Petitioning SA Pork Producers Association Simon Streicher and 8 others
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This petition will be delivered to:
SA Pork Producers Association
Simon Streicher
Pick n Pay
Mrs Suzanne Ackerman Berman
Shoprite
Lize-marick Keyser
Spar
Consumer Care Line
Head of Food, Woolworths
Zyda Rylands
Head of the Good Business Journey, Woolworths
Tom McLaughlin

See response

Fresh Meat and Butcheries, Massmart
Peter Gordon
Communications Division, Shoprite/Checkers Head Office
Jennifer van der Westhuizen
National Department of Agriculture
Dr Songabe

SA Pork Industry, National Department of Agriculture, Retailers: Stop the use of sow crates which perpetuate cruelty

National Council of SPCAs

We would never treat our pets this way, and we shouldn’t let farm animals suffer like this either

PIGS ARE HIGHLY SOCIAL AND INTELLIGENT ANIMALS.

(Please also sign the personal pledge to be a more responsible consumer.)

They are commonly raised as livestock by farmers for meat in intensive systems where they are denied freedom of movement, deprived of natural behaviour to interact with others of their kind and have no opportunities to forage and root.

A pregnant sow will be kept in a sow crate for the greater part of her gestation period – 107 days. A sow crate is a metal crate usually with a bare floor, which is so narrow that the sow cannot turn around and can only stand up and lie down with difficulty.

We know and accept that these animals are being raised for food. As an animal welfare organisation the National Council of SPCAs believes that animals should be treated humanely while they are on the farm, while they are transported and when they are slaughtered.

Compassionate choices are a critical step toward improving the welfare of pigs in South Africa.

Together, we have the power to make enormous changes in the lives of pigs by asking the pork industry to get rid of sow crates for good. We will be sending a powerful message that we expect that only humanely raised pork products are sold in South Africa.

Please become a Warrior for Animals and sign the petition – our message is simple : PIGS DON’T DESERVE TO SUFFER.

Thank you for being a Warrior for Animals.

PS: Please also sign the campaign to BAN THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

LETTER TO
SA Pork Producers Association Simon Streicher
Pick n Pay Mrs Suzanne Ackerman Berman
Shoprite Lize-marick Keyser
and 6 others
Spar Consumer Care Line
Head of Food, Woolworths Zyda Rylands
Head of the Good Business Journey, Woolworths Tom McLaughlin
Fresh Meat and Butcheries, Massmart Peter Gordon
Communications Division, Shoprite/Checkers Head Office Jennifer van der Westhuizen
National Department of Agriculture Dr Songabe
As a consumer I would like to raise my strong objection to the abhorrent practice of keeping sows in crates. And as a taxpayer I insist that the Department of Agriculture step in and bring about positive changes in the farming methods used to raise animals for food purposes
RECENT UPDATES

PETITION UPDATE

THANK YOU : BY STANDING TOGETHER WE WILL STOP THIS … FOR THEIR SAKES

16 Sep 2014 — Dear Animal WarriorThank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
STOP THE USE OF SOW CRATES WHICH PERPETUATE… Read more
PETITION UPDATE

THANK YOU : YOUR SUPPORT ENSURED THAT PEOPLE GOT THE MESSAGE

16 Sep 2014 — Dear Animal WarriorThank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
STOP THE USE OF SOW CRATES WHICH PERPETUATE… Read more
7,500 SUPPORTERS
18 Nov 2013
PETITION UPDATE

NEW CAMPAIGN : YOUR HELP NEEDED – STOP THE SHIPS OF SHAME

17 Jul 2013 — Dear Animal WarriorsYou helped us bring the Department of Agriculture to the negotiating table to phase out the use of Sow Crates.Read more
Dr. Songabe, DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health : STOP SHIPS OF SHAME - LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT
Dr. Songabe, DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health : STOP SHIPS OF SHAME – LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT
A 20 minute investigative video can be viewed at http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4529 The export of farmed animals by sea has…
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7,000 SUPPORTERS
16 Jul 2013
PETITION UPDATE

BREAKING NEWS:- Gestation Crates – Progress

3 Jul 2013 — Thank you for helping us reach this point.Representatives from the National Council of SPCAS (NSPCA) met with personnel from the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries… Read more
PETITION UPDATE

BREAKING NEWS

24 Jun 2013 — The National Farm Animal Protection Unit has a confirmed meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on 1 July 2013. We still need another 175 South African Supporters to sign the Campaign.
We value international support so keep those signatures coming but… Read more
PETITION UPDATE

WOW! 6,000+ E-MAILS SENT

3 Jun 2013 — Dear Animal Warriors,By signing the Sow Crate petition you have made a significant difference in helping us to send more than 6,000 e-mails to the Department of Agriculture… Read more
6,000 SUPPORTERS
9 May 2013
PETITION UPDATE

4,500 SIGNATURES!

26 Mar 2013 — We have reached our initial target of 4,500 signatures and can now go to Government. Thank you everyone for your support.
Please keep inviting your friends as we wish to get as many as possible.
The Management TeamRead more
PETITION UPDATE

4,000 SIGNATURES!!

18 Mar 2013 — Thank you everyone, we have reached 4,000 signatures and seem to have left the plateau. Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared.Read more
4,000 SUPPORTERS
18 Mar 2013

Decision-maker Tom McLaughlin responds

12 Mar 2013
Sow stalls for pregnant sows are a local industry standard. Woolworths is committed to working with its suppliers and the industry to phase out this cruel practice.
PETITION UPDATE

LET’S GET OFF THE PLATEAU

12 Mar 2013 — Like all campaigns, there are always plateaus. We are on one at the moment and must get off to get momentum going again.
Please continue encouraging friends to sign.Read more
3,000 SUPPORTERS
8 Mar 2013
PETITION UPDATE

FANTASTIC! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

6 Mar 2013 — Thank you for your support, we have now cruised past 2,500 signatures and still have 2,000 to go BUT we jumped from 1,500 to 2,500 signatures in only 2 days!
Please circulate the link to this petition to everyone on e-mail… Read more
2,500 SUPPORTERS
6 Mar 2013
PETITION UPDATE

WE HAVE BREACHED 1,500 SIGNATURES

4 Mar 2013 — Thank you for your support, we have breached 1,500 signatures but need a minimum of 4,500.
Please circulate the link to this petition to everyone on e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other networks.Read more
PETITION UPDATE

WE NEED TO REACH 4,500 SIGNATURES

4 Mar 2013 — Dear Animal WarriorsWe have now met informally with Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries representatives (the Director of Animal Health and the Director of… Read more
1,000 SUPPORTERS
24 Feb 2013
Petition started on 18 Feb 2013

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