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Hardee's to end use of cramped crates in pork supply chain

Jul 6, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States

The fast food chain Hardee’s says it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use gestation crates – the cramped metal cages where many industrial pork producers house pregnant sows for most of their adult lives.

The cages are not much bigger than the pigs themselves, making it difficult for the animals to move or lie down comfortably.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 24, 2011 - Dr. Marc Hammerman, a Washington University scientist, may be closing in on the day when the lowly pig is valued for its medicinal use in addition to being a holiday treat for pork lovers. Scientists are convinced that insulin-producing cells from embryonic pigs will eventually be transplanted into humans as one approach to controlling what has become a worldwide spike in diabetes.