These producer announcements come after a cascade of similar announcements from more than 60 major global food retailers -- McDonald's, Burger King, Kraft Foods, Kroger, Costco, Cracker Barrel and others -- that they will eliminate their purchases of pork from producers who rely on these crates.
With nine U.S. states, and governments and industry groups in Australia, Canada, South Africa and India recently committing to move away from gestation crates -- and with the European Union already implementing the ban on continual confinement in gestation crates and working to assure compliance among all 28 nations -- we have a multinational rejection of this intensive, inhumane and extreme form of confinement of pigs. These advancements, and now Cargill's announcement, make it clearer than ever that gestation crates will be relegated to the dustbin of agricultural history -- where they belong.
The HSUS and our Humane Society International arm have led the fight against gestation crates in North America and throughout the world, and we are excited to be involved in yet another major announcement of progress on this front. We still have work to do, but the trajectory of this debate is clear, and it's obvious that the forces aligned against us have failed to succeed with their campaign to preserve the status quo.