Farm Animal Anti-Confinement Legislation

Millions of pigs, calves and chickens are forced to spend their lives confined in spaces so small they can't even turn around. Gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages prevent animals from performing natural behaviors, thus causing injuries and significant physical and psychological stress.

A growing number of states are introducing legislation to prohibit intensive confinement crates for calves raised for veal and gestating sows. In 2013, anti-confinement bills were considered in six states—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. In 2014, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York considered anti-confinement legislation.

The New Jersey Legislature, in 2013 and 2014, passed legislation which would have directed the State Board of Agriculture to adopt regulations prohibiting the confinement of pregnant pigs in crates where they cannot turn around, lie down, stand up, or fully extend their limbs. Both bills were vetoed by Governor Chris Christie.