Crate Free Illinois is an advocacy group dedicated to eliminating the inhumane confinement of factory farm animals. Illinois is the fourth largest pork producing state in the U.S., yet its Illinois’ pork producers stuck in a bygone era, lagging behind those in other states.
Illinois’ pork industry, pregnant breeding pigs are often confined day and night for four long months in gestation crates: tiny cages roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies, designed to prevent 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 their entire lives; it adds up to years of immobilization.