Retailer Target has said it will eliminate the sow gestation stall housing system from its supply chain by 2022, according to reports.

“Target recognizes this task will involve a large undertaking from our pork product vendors and we will partner closely with our vendors as they work through this transition," said the company. 

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The Humane Society of the United States has said it supports Target's announcement. “Target’s got gestation crates in its crosshairs and should be commended for working to improve conditions for pigs in its supply chain,” said Matthew Prescott, food policy director for the society. “Americans simply don’t support the lifelong confinement of animals in cages so small they can’t even turn around, and it’s both an ethical decision and good business move for Target to recognize that.”

Similar announcements have recently been made by McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Oscar Mayer, Costco, Safeway and Kroger.