Remember the times you experienced cabin fever, stuck in your home because of a snowstorm? Consider the pigs that spend their entire lives confined in a crate unable to move an inch in any direction. Unfortunately these pigs go insane from boredom because they cannot move.
New Jersey residents are asked to contact their legislators to support the override of the gestation crate bill, S.1921. Residents can contact their legislators by phone or send message electronically.
New Jersey-based and national animal welfare organizations have joined together to urge state legislators to reaffirm their support for a statewide ban on the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates—cages roughly the size of pigs’ bodies that are so small, the animals can’t even turn around.
In May, the state legislature overwhelmingly voted to prohibit these inhumane devices. Governor Christie, under pressure from out-of-state pork interests, vetoed the bill. The coalition has launched a campaign asking legislators to override the veto. The campaign includes a new television commercial from The Humane Society of the United States showing pigs in gestation crates that will run on TV stations across New Jersey.
The legislation, S.1921, would require that pigs used for breeding be able to at least stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs.
A statewide survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research revealed 91 percent of New Jersey voters support the legislation.
McDonald’s, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, Oscar Mayer and more than 60 other leading food companies have announced plans to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains, while, many traditional farmers have avoided using gestation crates for generations. In fact, the controversial confinement system has come under fire from veterinarians, farmers, animal welfare advocates, animal scientists, consumers and others.
The coalition consists of New Jersey’s leading animal protection groups, including the NJSPCA, Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, Animal Protection League of New Jersey, Monmouth County SPCA, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, the New Jersey League of Humane Voters, People for Animals, the Humane Society of Atlantic City, Animal Welfare Association and Animal Alliance.
Nationally, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane League, Farm Forward, and the Center for Food Safety all back this effort.