Big news, New Jersey! A bill that would greatly ease the suffering of cruelly confined pigs and calves is currently in front of the legislature.
Most mother pigs in commercial U.S. farms are confined in bleak “gestation crates”—stalls no larger than 2’x7’—for most of their lives until they are slaughtered. Unable to turn around or take more than a step forward or backward, intensively confined pigs suffer greatly. Similarly, cramped “veal crates” are used to confine baby calves and immobilize these otherwise playful, energetic animals, preventing them from engaging in almost any natural behavior or social interaction.
S.3401/A.5236 would prohibit the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and veal calves, bringing New Jersey in line with 12 other states that have banned cruel confinement in some form, including Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.