For years now, Kristen Bell has shown her love and support for animals by advocating for their protection and maintaining a vegan diet. Now that she’s pregnant and soon to be a new parent with Dax Shepard, the treatment of pregnant pigs is an issue she doesn’t take lightly.
Bell recently wrote a letter to Neil Dierks, the CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, asking him and his organization to stop treating pregnant pigs with little to no regard.
“I’ve felt a strong affinity for animals my entire life. I remember wondering at a young age why we made such a dramatic distinction between the dogs we loved and the animals who live on farms,” she says in the letter. “Now that I am starting a family myself, I’ve become even more concerned with the way we as a society treat those who are at our mercy. More specifically, as I’ve become more educated about the way we treat pigs who are raised for food, I’ve become more convinced than ever that we must make a change toward a more humane world.”
While pregnant, pigs are isolated in tiny gestation crates providing no room for them to even turn around in a circle. Soon after giving birth, the pigs are re-impregnated and put back into the crates.
This lasts for most of their lives and it boggles Bell’s mind. She wrote, “I love being pregnant, but I can’t imagine how awful it would be under conditions like these.”
The “House of Lies” actress is working alongside the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to stop such cruelty. So far, the HSUS has passed laws in nine states outlawing gestation crates! Because of these laws, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Kroger and Safeway are eliminating gestation crates from their pork supply chains.
“Regardless of what our individual diets might be, one thing all Americans can agree on is that pigs deserve better than these gestation crates. They’re cruel, inhumane, and totally out of whack with people’s values about how we ought to treat animals,” Bell says.
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