Pork Producers Continue Fight Against Animal Activists

Radical animal activists made sow housing a ballot issue in many states this year - but now their focus is on food retailers and fast food chains. Major retailers - like WalMart and McDonalds - were pressured by the Humane Society of the United States to no longer purchase pork produced with gestation crates. While these companies agreed - they now find it's much harder than they thought because the pork industry can't deliver on this demand. National Pork Producers Council's Dallas Hockman says only five-percent of the pork industry can provide pork segregated by an alternative sow housing system. The pork industry is working with these companies to explain the true agenda of HSUS and other animal activist organizations - that consumers aren't actually worried about sow housing. This is not the only animal care issue facing the pork industry - but Hockman says producers have solutions by being trained, abiding by industry standards and participating in We Care and PQA Plus programs. For more information on how producers take care of their animals - go to www dot pork cares dot org (www.porkcares.org).

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