I HAVE recently become aware of a shocking example of the cruelty of factory farming - the pig farrowing crate.
I would appreciate it if you could print this letter for your readers.
The farrowing crate is a metal cage in which sows are confined a week before giving birth and remain imprisoned until their piglets are three to four weeks old.
The crates are so small that the sows cannot even turn around, and fits to them so closely that it rubs against their skin.
After their piglets are born, their mothers are unable to reach them if they choose, or escape their attentions if they need to.
For more than 30 days the sows remain in this cage, able to do nothing but stand up, lie down and eat; most face a blank wall.
Naturally, mother pigs are restless and active, making nests of twigs for their young, but the farrowing crate imprisons them for the crime of being mothers.
Animals should never be kept in cages just inches larger than their own bodies. The total frustration of any creature's mothering instincts can never be right.
Sadly this treatment is typical of factory farming, which puts profits ahead of animal welfare every time. I urge people to stop eating the meat produced in this barbaric way.
Timothy Alan White