One of the largest U.S. pork producers announced the elimination of confinement cages from its system. Cargill plans to move completely to group housing for sows producing hogs by the end of 2015, with a switch for contract hog farms by 2017.
President Mick Luker says Cargill and its consumers believe it is the right thing to do for the long term future of pork production.
Vice-President of the Humane Society of United States Paul Shapiro supports Cargill’s decision. He says it’s good to lead the industry away from the practice.
Cargill’s announcement comes after more than 60 of the country’s largest food retailers showed plans to get rid of confinement cages from supply chains.