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Take quick online actions to help end the extreme confinement of mother pigs.

Mother Pig Gestation Crate

Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur – Essere Animali

Mother pigs on factory farms spend most of their lives in gestation crates − small, immobilizing enclosures that are roughly the same size as her body. The space is so narrow she can’t even turn around.

Gestation crates are known to cause psychological torment and physical suffering to pigs, including lameness due to weakened bones and muscles. (Imagine confining your dog in a cage so small she can’t turn around for months at a time.) Yet many retailers and restaurants continue to permit them in their supply chains.

Join other online activists who are helping to end this cruel practice.  Spending just a few minutes a month can help end a lifetime of confinement  for millions of pigs.

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We have some news to share that we are pretty excited about…

We have changed our name to Crate Free USA!

But our mission remains the same: to reduce the suffering

of animals on factory farms.


We are still based in Illinois and will continue our grassroots efforts to support local farmers who pasture raise and treat their animals and the environment with respect. And, we’ll be as vocal as ever about the growth of factory farms in Illinois and beyond and all of the negative impacts on animals, the environment, and rural communities.


That said, we have also been working on national campaigns for a few years now — starting with our success in 2018 in getting Trader Joe’s to commit to a largely crate-free pork supply chain.  And now we are deeply engaged in two other campaigns, both national in scope, to get Aldi and Costco to take a strong stand for pig welfare and commit to a public timeline to go 100% crate-free.  


Our new name more clearly reflects the scope of our work and we are excited to continue our work on behalf of farmed animals across America. We hope you will continue to support us in this important work. Onwards!

Thank you!