In June 2013 the New York Legislature failed to approve the anti-confinement bill, A. 424.
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.
Pigs and calves in crates spend nearly their entire lives unable to take more than a step forward or backward. Hens confined in battery cages are unable to spread their wings, turn around, or lay their eggs in nests.
Nine states have recognized the suffering of farm animals in intensive confinement systems and banned the use of gestation crates for pigs and veal crates for calves. A number of large companies, including major corporations, retail chains, and food-service companies, have stopped using eggs produced by caged hens.
New York can join the movement against extreme confinement by passing A. 424, a bill that would prohibit any pig, calf or hen from being tethered or confined in a manner that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.
What You Can Do
You can help improve the lives of these animals by contacting your New York State Assembly Member and asking that he or she support this important legislation.
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Farm Animal Program Manager