Help Us Ban Cruel Gestation Crates in New Jersey!
Look into her eyes. She is not a machine, but she is treated like one.
Pigs are highly social, sensitive and intelligent animals, yet many of these animals are forcibly impregnated and jailed inside cages no larger than their own bodies. The meat industry calls these cages “gestation crates.”
Right now, legislators are sitting on two important bills on both sides of the legislative process - New Jersey Senate Bill 161, and New Jersey Assembly Bill 3752. These are twin bills, and only one needs to get past all the hurdles in order to ban these cruel cages in New Jersey. We cannot let this opportunity slip by!
Trapped inside one of these cages, a pregnant mother pig cannot move forward, she cannot move back, and she cannot turn around. On a cold concrete floor, she spends months staring ahead, with nothing provided for enrichment other than the automated food rations to ensure she keeps “producing.” In desperation, she will often bite the cage bars until her mouth bleeds. She spends all her time feeling anxious and miserable as she loses all hope.
Gestation crates are now banned in nine U.S. states; let’s get them banned in New Jersey too! Each day that passes without this bill being acted upon, is a day too many for the suffering animals that are confined in these horrific cages.
What You Can Do
The Senate Bill (NJ S161) is currently sitting in the Environment and Energy Committee chaired by Senator Bob Smith. The Assembly version of this bill (NJ A3752) is sitting in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak.
1. Please call Senator Smith at (732) 752-0770, and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak at (609) 465-0700 (between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm ET) and respectfully urge them to advance these bills out of their respective committees so that Governor Phil Murphy can sign the bill into law.
When you call Senator Bob Smith’s office, please say something like:
“As a resident of New Jersey, I urge the Senator to please bring Bill number S161 up for a vote. Each day that passes without the bill being acted upon is a day too many for the suffering animals who are confined in these horrific crates.”
When you call Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak’s office, please say something like:
“As a resident of New Jersey, I urge the Assemblyman to please bring Bill number A3752 up for a vote. Each day that passes without the bill being acted upon is a day too many for the suffering animals who are confined in these horrific crates.”
2. After you have made the calls, please send our follow-up letter by filling out the fields on this page. If you have the time, please personalize your letter.