Re "Hog farmers live on edge with deadly virus" (SacBee.com, May 1): Due to the potential impacts of the current Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, CalEXPO officials have decided to not host piglets at this summer's State Fair. Consequently, the State Fair will have empty farrowing crates on display for public education.
Even better would be a permanent and humane change to open pens with sow and piglets, born off-site, in deep straw or wood chips. That's what all the county fairs do, and it's what the public prefers to see instead of cruel farrowing crates.
The farrowing crates need to go, along with vendors selling hermit crabs as pets and giving away goldfish as prizes. Most of these animals will suffer an early demise.
Let's make the California State Fair the most humane in the nation.
-- Katie Cather, Loomis