"Farrowing crates immobilize mothers and prevent them from engaging in meaningful, mutually beneficial interactions with their young," Gene Baur, cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. "The mother can't even turn around to nuzzle and see her babies."
The industry claims that farrowing crates protect piglets from being crushed by their mother, but Berry said that argument is misleading.
"What the industry wants to do is confine mother pigs and piglets in a very small area without any sort of bedding materials or any other natural elements of a pig's nest," Berry said. "In more normal circumstances, crushing wouldn't be an issue. What's driving this whole argument is efficiency and keeping costs down."