Crate-Free Illinois — Campaigning Against Gestation Crates (2021)

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Organization Name 
Award Date 
2/2021
Grant Amount 
$70,350
Purpose 
To support campaigning against the use of gestation crates for pigs.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard and Amanda Hungerford

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigators. Crate-Free Illinois staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $70,350 to Crate-Free Illinois to support campaigning against the use of gestation crates for pigs. There are approximately 6 million sows in the United States, at least three-quarters of which are routinely confined in gestation crates.1

This follows our August 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

  • 1. Civil Eats. “Gestation crates remain the standard on over three-fourths of U.S. hog farms today, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). And 98 percent of producers use gestation stalls at least some of the time, such as immediately after artificial insemination.”