As sponsor of legislation banning the cruel practice of gestation crates where pregnant sows are forced to live most of their lives without being able to stand up and turn around, I challenge Governor Christie to prove me wrong.
Brazil struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates this week with two major announcements. Under the agreements, pork producers will be provided with training to facilitate their successful transition to more humane group housing systems.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces a threat to his brand of "straight talk" and "no nonsense" with the full-blown national controversy over his veto last year of a bill to ban gestation crates, and his apparent recent pledge to an Iowa pork producer to veto a revised version of that bill
Do the over 9 billion animals farmed in the United States each year require less protection? No. Should we allow them to endure extreme cruelty during their lives just because they're destined for slaughter? Certainly not.
It's still a wonder how anyone, in any era, could be so small-minded, so reactionary, and, because of their pecuniary or personal interests in seeing cruelty continue, so deadened to the suffering and pain of animals.
Nine states have passed laws to ban gestation crates, and New Jersey lawmakers want their state to become the tenth. That's why they voted in a major bipartisan show of support, to implement this animal welfare policy in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie regrettably vetoed the bill.
There is a battle going on between animal protection advocates and the pork industry over "gestation crates," the 2-foot by 7-foot cages that confine about 80 percent of the United States' breeding pigs.