On February 5th, members of Mercy For Animals
held a silent protest outside the Annual Ohio Pork
Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The eye-catching
demonstration drew attention to the pork industry's use
of gestation crates--barren 2-foot wide metal stalls
where pregnant sows are forced to spend most of
their adult lives before being slaughtered.
Sows in gestation crates are unable to walk or turn
around and are forced to stand and lie on concrete
slated floors covered in their own excrement for the
duration of their four-month pregnancies. Barely
able to move, the pigs develop crippling joint
disorders, bruises, open soars, and lameness.