Californians: Permanently End Cruel Pig Exhibition at the California State Fair
THIS ACTION IS NOW CLOSED.
UPDATE February 16, 2017: Last week we enlisted your help to urge the organizers of the California State Fair to stop using taxpayer dollars for an illegal exhibition of pregnant and nursing pigs. We deeply thank you for your effort. We gave them a chance to do the right thing, but because the organizers have not agreed to permanently end this cruelty, we are following up on our promise and suing them for their inhumane treatment of these mother pigs.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund needs California residents’ help to end the cruel exhibition of pregnant and nursing pigs in farrowing crates at the California State Fair. The California State Fair usually features the cruel exhibition of pigs confined in farrowing crates that are so small that the pigs cannot even turn around or walk. They are forced to give birth and nurse in public, despite their instincts to stay isolated during this time. The pigs are never let out for exercise. These farrowing crates cause needless suffering by completely depriving the exhibited pigs of the ability to engage in any exercise.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has sent a letter to the organizers requesting this cruel exhibit be cancelled for good. We are giving them a chance to do the right thing, but if they don’t comply we are prepared to sue them for their inhumane treatment of the pigs.
We ask Californians to please contact the Board of Regents of the University of California and California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) to let them know that taxpayer-funded animal cruelty will not be tolerated.
Even though the exhibit has been cancelled in recent years because of health concerns, we need to make sure it never happens again. Californians hold the power to end this shameful practice at the California State Fair. Please share this with your friends and family in California.
Since the lawsuit was filed, the state fair has not hosted the exhibit that kept mother pigs in tiny “farrowing crates” for three weeks every year.March 13, 2018 News
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