Help Get Pigs out of Crates in New Jersey
UPDATE June 27, 2013: New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, under pressure from the agriculture lobby vetoed the bill.
Confining pregnant pigs to "gestation" crates so small the animals can't even turn around is a cruel practice that lacks justification. Fortunately legislation has been introduced in New Jersey to prohibit use of gestation crates, and last spring the bill overwhelming passed the state Senate (by a vote of 35 to 1).
The bill would simply require that pregnant pigs be able to stand up, lie down, turn around freely, and extend their limbs. Nine states have already enacted legislation to outlaw the type of extreme confinement that prevents the pigs from performing even these most basic natural behaviors. In addition, a number of large producers are moving away from using gestation crates, and some retailers and food service companies have agreed to require that their pork suppliers phase out the practice.
You can help by contacting your two New Jersey Assembly members and asking that they co-sponsor this legislation and support the bill when it comes up for a vote.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please contact your state Assembly members by phone, email, or fax and tell them to co-sponsor and support A.3250!
You can identify your state Assembly members and get their contact information here.
As one of your constituents, I urge you to help protect farm animals from inhumane and unnecessary practices by co-sponsoring and supporting A.3250.
A.3250 is common-sense legislation that simply requires that pregnant pigs be housed in a manner allowing them to stand up, lie down, turn around freely, and fully extend their limbs. Several states have already passed laws banning these cruel confinement crates, and some large producers are in the process of phasing out their use.
Please support A.3250, to prevent extreme confinement of pregnant pigs.
Please share this Dear Humanitarian eAlert with friends, family and coworkers, and ask them to do the same. As always, thank you for your continued and critical support on this important issue.
Farm Animal Program Manager