New Jersey: End the Cruel Confinement of Pigs and Calves

Calf in crate
NJ S.1298/A.1970—Ban Gestation and Veal Crates
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblymember Raj Mukherji

Update—July 28, 2023: Exciting news! Just one month after the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill prohibiting companies from keeping calves and pregnant pigs in extreme confinement, Governor Murphy signed it into law.

When this new law goes into effect, it will ease the suffering of pigs and calves in New Jersey and align New Jersey with 14 other states, including Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, that have banned cruel confinement in some form.

Learn More About Cruel Confinement

Most mother pigs raised on industrial farms are confined in barren “gestation crates”—stalls no larger than 2’x7’—for most of their lives. 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 calves and immobilize these otherwise playful, energetic baby animals, preventing them from engaging in almost any natural behavior or social interaction. These are cruel tactics that disregard the wellbeing of animals in the name of profit, and a ban is long overdue.  

What You Can Do

Thank you for each action you took to advocate for New Jersey's farm animals and help this bill cross the finish line. Please use the form below to send one more message, this time thanking Governor Murphy for signing S. 1298/A. 1970 into law!