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AR group focuses on Minnesota hog producer

An animal rights group Tuesday released an undercover video taken at a major Minnesota hog producer, Christensen Farms, heating up a growing national debate over housing conditions for pregnant pigs.

The video shot by Mercy For Animals at Christensen Farms' hog barn in Hanska, a south central Minnesota town, shows sows in gestation crates, a commonly used pen in the hog industry.

The video was specifically aimed at getting one of Christensen's major customers, Costco, to end the use of gestation crates in its supply system, and on Tuesday Costco sent a missive to its suppliers encouraging them to phase out gestation crates by 2022.

Mercy For Animals commended Costco for its action, though a Costco spokesman said the timing of the letter was not predicated by the video.

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