Safeway to phase out gestation cages
May 10th, 2012
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Safeway is the latest corporate giant to publicly shun the use of tiny cages that immobilize pregnant sows which have been condemned by animal rights activists.

The grocery giant joins some of the largest companies in the country with its vow to phase out the use of these cages, called sow gestation stalls, to keep pigs confined.

"Gestation stalls have been criticized in recent years due to animal welfare concerns," Safeway said in a statement announcing its plans "to have a gestation stall-free supply chain."

Read - Safeway shuns tiny pig cages

Previously - Burger King goes cage-free

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  1. MEAT FREE

    THE MORE HUMANS WHO MAKE THE DECISION TO NOT EAT OUR ANIMAL COUNTERPARTS, THE MORE THAT ANIMALS WILL BE HUMANELY TREATED. I'VE BEEN A VEGETARIAN FOR OVER 23 YEARS NOW & I'VE NEVER REGRETTED FOR A MOMENT NOT PUTTING AN ANIMAL FRIEND ON THE TABLE TO CONSUME. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO CONSUME ANIMALS OTHER THAN BEING UNDER EDUCATED TO OTHER FOOD SOURCES, OR NOT OPEN TO VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN OPTIONS.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Sun

      STFU about your 'animal sisters' or whatever. Humans are biologically designed to eat other animals, and we are at the top of the food chain. I bet you are one of those ppl who claim they can teach a lion to eat tofu. I've raised my own meat animals, turned them in the womb during delivery, and eaten them when they were big enough. Get over yourself and your idiot statements. And please keep being a vegitarian, more meat for the rest of us.

      As for 'being undereducated", I'm a chef, and know of WAY more foodstuffs than you ever thought about. You are willfully ignorant, and I hope you do not pass it along to the next generation.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
      • MEAT FREE

        JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE A "CHEF", AKA A "LINE COOK" AT DENNY'S, DOESN'T GIVE YOUR OPINION ANY MORE WEIGHT. YOU'RE STILL SLAUGHTERING & CONSUMING ANIMALS WHO WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE EATEN BY THE HUMAN RACE POST CRO MAGNON, OBVIOUSLY FROM YOUR AGGRESSIVE RETORT, THE STEROID LADEN MEAT YOU'RE CONSUMING HAS TAKEN HOLD, BECAUSE YOUR UNWANTED AGGRESSION IS SHOWING. GET BACK IN YOUR 4X4 AND GO BACK TO THE HILLS FROM WHICH YOU SLITHERED OUT FROM.

        May 23, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
  2. Thinking things through

    Welcome news... but... 2017?

    This stuff still won't be in my shopping cart for the foreseeable future.

    May 13, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  3. TJanke

    This is appalling. I must agree with Fiona and Richard: treat these animals with at least a modicum of decency, and force the mega-producers to change their inhumane practices NOW, not tomorrow.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  4. RichardHead

    Fiona is correct....None of this takes affect until 2017. Smithfield and Tyson foods are the worst offenders with Conagra finishing third. It's an election year....let's make the voters Happy. I call BS on the above Food Producers.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  5. Fiona

    Phase out over how long a period? As long as they are "phasing," sows are still being tortured. And how about "phasing out" farrowing crates as well? And doing away with factory farming? How about allowing pigs to be pigs, making nests in straw, having access to outdoors, having something to DO?

    May 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply

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