In May, the New Jersey Legislature voted to ban the cruel confinement of breeding pigs with overwhelming bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the bill was vetoed by the governor.
New Jersey residents strongly support a ban on the extreme confinement of pigs, and there is still an opportunity to pass this bill as Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) is leading the effort to override the veto.
A coalition of New Jersey-based and national animal welfare groups have also launched a campaign asking legislators to override the veto. Organizations including The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and Farm Sanctuary are issuing alerts, organizing grassroots meetings, and helping to connect concerned and compassionate New Jersey residents with their legislators in an effort to persuade them to stand by their prior votes of support for this critical humane bill. The campaign includes a new television commercial from the HSUS showing pigs in gestation crates that will run on TV stations across New Jersey.
On modern commercial farms, breeding pigs spend their lives cruelly confined in gestation crates so small that they are unable to turn around. S. 1921 would require that pigs used for breeding be able to at least stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs.
“Citizens of New Jersey care about animals and know that forcing intelligent, sensitive creatures to endure the horrors of the gestation crate is unnecessary,” said Debora Bresch, Esq., senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the mid-Atlantic region. “By previously passing the ban on the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs, New Jersey legislators expressed their constituents’ deeply held humane values, and we hope they will once again do the right thing when this bill comes up for an override vote.”
S. 1921 would protect breeding pigs from precisely this sort of cruel, intensive confinement, and the coalition urges constituents to contact their representatives to ensure that pigs are never confined in this manner in New Jersey.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Rhode Island have already passed legislation to outlaw gestation crates, and it is time for New Jersey to do the same.
For more information, on the ASPCA, or to join the Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.