Smithfield, Torturer of Future-Bacon, Renews Promise Its To Phase Out Gestation Crates

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The Humane Society of the United States
A few weeks back we told you (reminded you, really) about the evils of McDonald's pork supplier, Smithfield Foods. The Humane Society was roasting the commercial pig factory for its use of gestation crates, noted for their impossibly small size and generally considered a cruel and unusual way of breeding pigs.

Smithfield had pulled back on a previous promise to phase out the crates by 2017 -- a generous deadline considering many European pork producers with much smaller bank rolls had already quit using the crates. Some countries have even outlawed them altogether.

The attention seems to have worked. The company is now recommitting to phase out gestation crate confinement at all of its facilities by 2017, although it's not clear whether the Humane Societies campaign actually caused the turnaround. What is clear is the current state of the McRib sandwich. Four out of five experts agree that it is still disgusting, and the fifth expert is just the Hamburglar dressed up in an expert costume.

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Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Going vegan or veg is way too hard for most people. Especially in areas in the country that don't support this type of eating as well as they could. Eating less meat, though, is a cinch. We'll be tackling that on City of Ate soon.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

It is?  In just about any part of the country, you can go to the Piggly Wiggly, and get the ingredients for the following:

Veggie King Ranch CasserolePasta w/Red SaucePortobello Fajita'sVeggie LasagnaVeggie BurgersCajun Rice and Beans on Corn Tortillas3 Pepper NachosGrilled Veggie WrapsTons of Salad optionsPizzaetc, etc.

Need more options?  Heck, if I could go vegan for a year, ANYONE CAN DO IT!  Trust me.  The only problem with being vegan is (sometimes) going out to eat; and for me, a lack of energy.  Now I mix in various meats and veggies, on a tolerable level.  Until Christmas dinner comes, where I'll eat the equivalent of three whole cows, 10 chickens and a whole hog.  

Guest
Guest

Definitely NOT a fan of McDonald's but, I am a fan of the humane treatment for the animals we eat.2017 is way to far away to wait for Smithfield to change their cruel inhumane treatment of these porkers. As I've suggested before, watch the shocking documentary, Food, Inc. You may not become a "veggie" (I didn't) but hopefully you will become an advocate for humane treatment of the animals we eat that have four legs or wings.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm calling for a moratorium on McRib references. Jason Garrett says "football" less. We get it, McRib sucks.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I'm indifferent to McRib references, but I'm all aboard with more references about the Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, the Fry Kids, or Grimace.

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