Dear Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA),
I am outraged by the shocking images recently taken at an Aurora cooperative pig factory farm.
The video shows workers grinding down the teeth, slicing off the tails, and cutting holes in the ears of piglets without any pain relief. Sick and hurt animals are shown suffering from untreated injuries and illnesses. And mother pigs are crammed into tiny crates so small they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably.
These terrible practices have no place in a civilized society.
A recent survey conducted by IPSOS in Brazil showed more than 80 percent of those interviewed agree that supermarket chains should stop selling products that are the result of animal cruelty.
Many major food providers in Brazil, including Nestlé, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway, have already implemented policies requiring their pork producers to phase out gestation crates.
As the largest food retail company in Brazil, GPA has the power and the moral responsibility to ban the worst forms of animal suffering throughout its entire meat, egg, and dairy supply chains, including eliminating mutilations without pain relief and ending the use of intensive confinement methods such as gestation crates.
Please take a stand against animal suffering by immediately implementing these policy changes today.