Harris Teeter Supermarkets is asking its pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation sow stalls, though the company has not yet provided a deadline for this action, according to reports.

“Harris Teeter knows that there are better, more humane and more sustainable ways to breed pigs than by using gestation crates," said the company. "It is Harris Teeter’s goal to have a gestation crate-free pork supply, and the company is committed to working with its suppliers…to accomplish that goal within a reasonable and feasible timeframe.”

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The Humane Society of the United States has announced its support for the company. “Harris Teeter has demonstrated time after time its commitment to improving animal welfare in its supply chain,” said Matthew Prescott, society food policy director. “Americans don’t want pigs confined in tiny cages so small they can’t even turn around, and Harris Teeter’s work to eliminate that practice is commendable.”