AUSTIN, Minn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S. meat producer Hormel Foods Corp. said it would give up constricting gestation crates for its pigs by 2017.
The company is following in the footsteps of meat producers Tyson, Triumph, Smithfield Foods Inc., and Seaboard to phase out the crates, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Hormel raises pigs in facilities in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming, 54,000 pigs in total, the Times said.
The crates are so small a pregnant pig has difficulty moving at all.
Pork producers are giving up the crates in the interests of public relations, as consumers demand to know more about the origins of their food.