On Monday, the McDonald’s Corporation announced that it would start to work with its suppliers to phase out the use of gestation stalls for pregnant pigs. Dan Gorsky, the company’s senior vice president of North American Supply Chain Management, said in a press release that “gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future.”
For years, the Humane Society of the United States has been working in several states to outlaw gestation stalls, which the animal rights group says are too small for pregnant pigs to move around in, and cause the animals to develop a slew of health problems. The Times estimates that 60 to 70 percent of breeding sows in the United States are kept in these crates.
Needless to say, the McDonald’s announcement has been a cause for celebration at the Humane Society. In the Times, Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the organization, declared, “There is now no future in gestation crates in the United States.”