New Jersey Gestation Crate Bill …

Megan Hopper-Rebegea

Gestation_crates_5On May 14, 3013, the New Jersey Assembly passed NJ A.3250 / S.1921, a Bill to Ban Cruel Confinement of Breeding Pigs by a vote of 60 to 5 in the Assembly and 29 to 4 in the Senate.  The legislation prohibits the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in crates that do not allow the animals to turn around.  If the legislation had been signed by Governor Chris Christie, it would have made New Jersey the tenth state to outlaw these types of gestation crates.  A.3250 / S.1921 would require that breeding pigs be able to at least stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs. 

Although a poll found that 91 percent of New Jersey residents agreed that these gestation crates should be phased out, Governor Christie vetoed the legislation.  Christie stated that in vetoing the legislation, he achieved “the proper balancing of humane treatment of gestation pigs with the interests of farmers whose livelihood depends on their ability to properly manage their livestock.”

The legislation is back in the news with animal rights activists, State Senator Raymond Lesniak, and native New Jerseyan Martha Stewart calling on state legislators to override the Governor’s veto.  In a letter she sent to the members of the New Jersey Legislature on September 23, Stewart stated that the “the effort to help prevent cruelty died, since Governor Christie decided to veto the bill after hearing from out-of-state (read: Iowa) pork interests.”  Stewart called the legislation “common sense” and urged the legislature to override veto.  In an effort to override the veto, the ASPCA is calling on New Jerseyans to call their state senators and urge them to support the legislation.  To help with this effort, the ASPCA has set up an action alert.

For Martha Stewart’s letter, click here.  To read the full version of the Assembly version of the legislation, click here.  To see the Senate version, click here.


7 Responses

  1. As a former New Jerseyan my memories of pigs reaches back to a job I had as a young teen working in Secaucus… There was a packing facility in the area and the stench of the killings couldn’t help but make you gag. I’ll never forget that disgusting, putrid smell of death.

    Now uglier still is this failed legislation that would offer just a bare minimum of relief to these poor victims waiting their turn… No doubt to end up on Christie’s plate. Sure hope he chews his food well – And doesn’t choke. :/

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  3. When we had the opportunity to vote for more humane treatment of farm animals in California, we did so and hope that New Jersey and other states will find the courage to enact similar laws. We believe that humankind evolved to consume meat as part of our diet, and some pain, suffering and death is part of all life cycles, However, we feel strongly that animals should be treated ethically and responsibly: keeping them in tiny enclosures is neither. We further believe that humans need to come to terms with the fact that meat is expensive. It’s expensive in terms of the money it costs, and its expensive in terms of the resources it requires to produce. Therefore, we hope people will think carefully about how much they’re consuming, where it comes from, and how it is produced or harvested.

  4. For those whose credo rests on the speciesist assumption that there is such a thing as “happy meat” (well, relatively happy with a little pain and suffering and killing thrown in for good measure), I urge you to watch this recent presentation by the author of “The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?”:

    Or, if you can’t spare an hour, please go to and check out the two “Behind the Myth” offerings: the “happy cows” slideshow and the “cage-free eggs” video. Also, feel free to click on the link at the top of that page.

    I don’t agree that “humane treatment of farm animals” laws exhibit courage. I believe they’re little more than sops to the guilty conscience of consumers who want to abuse pigs and cows and chickens less so they can eat them in peace.

  5. […] Our thanks to Animal Blawg, where this post originally appeared on October 7, […]

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