Ban Gestation Crates in NJ

Rectangle 46 copy

Take Action to Ban Gestation Crates in New Jersey

Help end the unnecessary and cruel confinement of mother pigs and baby calves.

Most mother pigs used by the pork industry are confined in gestation crates, metal cages so small the pigs are nearly immobilized. They can’t even turn around or take more than a step forward or backward. Because of the lack of movement, their muscles and bones deteriorate. These intelligent animals are denied any mental stimulation. Many become neurotic and engage in repetitive coping behaviors, such as constantly biting the metal bars in front of them. Veal crates immobilize baby calves in similar ways. Within days or even hours of birth, calves raised for veal are taken away from their mothers and locked in cages so tiny the calves can barely move. A5236/S3401 would ban cruel gestation and veal crates in New Jersey and allow mother pigs and baby calves enough space to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs.

Perpetual confinement in gestation crates is so cruel that ten U.S. states, Canada and the European Union have outlawed this abuse. Smithfield Foods, the nation’s largest pig producer, and Hormel Foods, maker of SPAM, are reducing their use of gestation crates. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Denny’s, Cracker Barrel, Compass Group, Tim Hortons, Sonic, Kroger, Kraft Foods and Safeway are just some of the companies that are prohibiting crates in their supply chains. It's time for New Jersey to take action.

DonateRectangle 46 copy 

Your donation will be used to support the advocacy effort to ban Gestation Crates in NJ.

Donate to save countless pigs from the cruelty of gestation crates.

STEP 1: Make Phone Calls to Key NJ District Constituents

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sign up today to make calls to constituents from key NJ Legislative Districts

We need your help to target specific NJ legislative districts to get legislators support. Make phone calls at your leisure using our Call Fire system in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. Fill out our form to get started. Someone from our team will reach out to you with more information. 

STEP 2: Email Assembly Speaker Coughlin

The Assembly Judiciary Committee Meeting Agenda comes out THIS FRIDAY, we have until then to convince Assembly Speaker Coughlin to allow this bill to be heard. We’ve prepared a sample email for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal.

Sample Email to Speaker Coughlin

Subject line: Please allow A5236  on the Agenda to ban gestation and veal crates in New Jersey

Dear Assembly Speaker Coughlin, 

I strongly encourage you to please allow A5236 to be posted to the next Judiciary Committee meeting agenda, which would ban gestation and veal crates within our state.

Gestation crates virtually immobilize mother pigs for nearly their entire lives. The crates are so small mother pigs can't even turn around or take more than a step forward or backward. Because of this lack of movement, they suffer muscle and bone deterioration that often leads to debilitating injuries. Veal crates are similarly cruel. Within days or even hours of birth, calves raised for veal are taken away from their mothers and locked in these crates, which are so tiny the animals can barely move.

I ask that you please stand against animal abuse and prohibit the cruel practice of immobilizing mother pigs and baby calves in New Jersey by allowing A5236 onto the next Assembly Judiciary Committee meeting agenda.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

CITY, NJ

STEP 3: Call Assembly Speaker Coughlin Today

After emailing Assembly Speaker Coughlin, be sure to follow up with his office with a polite phone call. Calling takes less than two minutes, and it’s really easy! We’ve prepared a sample script for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal. 

Office of Assembly Speaker Coughlin: (732) 855-7441

 

Sample Call Script to Assemblyman Coughlin's office

Hi, my name is _____, and I’m a New Jersey resident from __(city)__. I’m following up on an email I sent earlier about requesting Assembly Speaker Coughlin to  member to please allow A5236 on the next Assembly Judiciary Committee meeting agenda. This is the bill to ban the cruel caging of farm animals in New Jersey.

Thank you.


The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution permitted by law. Our Federal Identification Number is 83-3629808.