Topics: Factory farming (gestation crates) and greyhound racing

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McDonald’s is getting heat from pork producers after announcing that within the next decade the fast-food giant will stop purchasing products from suppliers who use gestation crates.

The Des Moines Register ran a statement from the National Pork Producers Council that included a couple of unbelievable statements –

“Individual sow housing allows us an option to give that best care.” – and – “NPPC notes that the key factor that most affects animal well-being is husbandry skills – that is, the care given to each animal.”

Gestation crates are extremely cruel, so that first statement is flatly false. As far as the second statement goes, if the NPPC really wanted the best care for each animal, it would propose a free-range system for the pigs.

The Florida Times-Union ran an editorial last week promoting the passage of legislation in the state to decouple greyhound racing from the casinos.

The piece includes this important statement: “This bill needs to be passed next legislative session mostly because the state should not be forcing unprofitable businesses to remain open.”