Write for Welfare

Letters for better animal lives

How to help

It’s been estimated that a handwritten letter has 100 times the impact of a petition signature. It’s more personal and shows a much greater level of interest and awareness.

That is why we are inviting you to write a letter to Walmart urging them to make the switch to higher welfare pork. It’s an easy and fun action you can take to make the world a better place for people and animals alike!

A key part of making this campaign a success is knowing how many letters were sent. If you do take the time to write a letter, please remember to track it by clicking here.

Able to go the extra mile? If you can give a little more of your time to protect animals consider hosting a letter writing party. Gather up as many people as you can and write your letters together. This will scale up your impact. You can host parties at your home, workplace, school, college, or community center.

If you do this, please remember to track your efforts with our online sign-in form. Also, if you have pictures from you parties please do send them to us or share and tag us on social media!

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It’s been estimated that a handwritten letter has 100 times the impact of a petition signature.

Campaign overview

As one of the largest retailers in the world, Walmart can use their considerable buying power to demand their suppliers meet specific standards. Despite this, Walmart continues to sell pork from intensive, barren factory farms that confine pregnant pigs for most of their lives, unable to move freely or express their natural curious and exploratory behaviors. The pigs bite at cage bars and chew obsessively due to the stressful, barren environment.

Walmart takes pride in contributing to their communities; yet their factory pork supply contributes to poor health, animal cruelty, economic injustice, and environmental pollution. Ending this cruelty is good for pigs, people, and the planet.

Tell Walmart to source pork only from producers that have open housing and good living conditions for mother pigs.

Additional information

To meet high demand for pork, pigs in the US suffer in intensive, barren factory farms. In the US, just a few large producers raise most of the more than 100 million pigs killed for food each year. Factory pig farms are crowded and cruel. Female pigs used for breeding spend most of their lives confined to small cages, unable to turn, root around, move comfortably, lay down with limbs fully extended, or socialize with other pigs. Stressed and uncomfortable, the pigs bite the cage bars or obsessively chew despite having no food in their mouths.

Currently, 3 out of 4 mother pigs in the US are continuously confined in these gestation crates (also called sow stalls). Just before giving birth, they are moved to a different cage. Still unable to move around freely in these farrowing crates, mother pigs are not able to nest or reach her new piglets.

With over 10,000 store locations worldwide, Walmart sells billions of pounds of pork products each year. As such a large buyer, Walmart has the power to influence their suppliers and establish standards for the products it chooses to shelve. Yet they have not used their position to require better treatment of pigs or standards of care by its pork suppliers. After several undercover videos showed horrendous abuse of pigs, including confining pregnant pigs in cages, at farms of companies known to supply to Walmart, the company issued a broad commitment to farm animal welfare. But their commitment is shallow and does not explicitly require suppliers to have humane housing systems to contract with the company.

Research and several leading producers in other countries have shown that housing mother pigs in groups, with access to ‘enrichment’ materials such as chew ropes that allow them to express their natural behavior, is not just better for pigs, but it is good for business and the health of the planet. The US pork industry is lagging far behind. Companies like Walmart can use their considerable buying power to pressure the industry and demand an end to cruelty to pigs. A great first step would be to commit to sourcing pork only from producers that house mother pigs in open pen systems with enrichments.

Tell the world: