We are traveling from Illinois to California to deliver our petition of nearly 370,000 signatures in person on March 14. We will be meeting with some management at Trader Joe’s headquarters and are hopeful they will be announcing a timeline to phase out gestation crates asap from their supply chain.
Many of us are loyal Trader Joe’s shoppers who appreciate the grocery chain’s somewhat healthy, low-priced foods, upbeat atmosphere, and superior customer service. That’s why it was especially disheartening to learn that unlike every major grocer in the U.S.,
Trader Joe’s still doesn’t have a policy to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain.
We at Crate Free Illinois decided to do something about this. With the help of Change.org, we created a petition urging Trader Joe’s to take the humane road like so many others and commit to a 100% gestation crate free supply chain.
At the time this post was published, our petition had garnered more than 368,000 signatures.
Gestation crates are widely recognized as cruel and inhumane. They confine breeding pigs throughout their four-month pregnancy in a space so tiny that it’s roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies. The crate is so narrow it prevents them from even turning around. The pigs are subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, are then re-impregnated and put back into a gestation crate. This inhumane cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for virtually their entire lives, adding up to years of immobilization.
Almost every major company in the food industry—from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Quiznos to retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods, Kroger and Wal-Mart—have recognized the need to catch up to public opinion and end the use of gestation crates.
It is time for Trader Joe’s do the same.
Trader Joe’s cares about customer satisfaction so let’s let them know that their customers are no longer satisfied with a healthy, fresh-format grocery chain that sells pork from suppliers that have inhumane and dated animal practices.
After several weeks, Trader Joe’s did respond to public concerns over its pork suppliers, but did actually not to say anything concrete about eliminating the crates.
This is the first time TJ’s has publicly acknowledged its use of gestation crates, a practice animal welfare groups consider inhumane.