This is a first for me, I am blogging about Cracker Barrel while driving down 840 east as my husband drives home. I have not been home in over a week. First, I was off to DC for communications leadership training. Then it was young farmers summer conference time here in Tennessee. So, I am eager to be home and see my kids.
While at the summer program, I heard disturbing news. Petus Read, communications director at Tennessee Farm Bureau, gave the Young Farmers and Ranchers an update about his talks with Cracker Barrel. He too had been emailing, calling, and engaging the communications director of Cracker Barrel to see if we could at least meet with them to discuss our concerns about their recent stance on crate free pork. In his article, you can see for yourself he did not have much success. It saddens me to learn that a business modeled on the rural way of life is to interested in running their business to speak to the men and women dedicated to the production of their products.
But, just for my readers that think this is all about dollars and sense, let me again reiterate what crate free means to pregnant mother pigs. It sounds wonderful that the pregnant mothers can be out in a pen with other pregnant mother pigs wandering loose. But, pigs are not people. Mother pigs will very often fight to the death just because and even if they are not fighting they have more miscarriages because of all the fighting and bitting.
So, as a farmer who cares about animals, I am having a hard time understanding why crate free is so much better for pregnant mother pigs when it increases mother pig deaths and miscarriages.
So again I encourage you to call or email Cracker Barrel and let them know why you won’t be eating in their store, because if you post it on their Facebook page as we found last night they will just take it down.
- Cracker Barrel and HSUS – Letters from Home (mommydocfarmer.com)
- What will you do when HSUS shows up next door? (agricultureproud.com)