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HSUS, Senator Urge Voters to Support Bill Banning Gestation Crates

11 October 2012, at 8:43am

NEW JERSEY, US - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the New Jersey senator have produced a video message in support of a bill to phase out gestation crates.

HSUS and New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak are reaching out to state citizens with a recorded video message in support of a bill (S.1921/A.3250) to phase out gestation crates on factory farms and require that breeding pigs have sufficient space to turn around.

The bill has passed the state Senate 35-1 and now awaits consideration by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

HSUS reports that a state-wide survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research reveals that 91 per cent of New Jersey voters support S.1921/A.3250 while only four per cent oppose it.

“It’s a simple bill. It simply requires that breeding pigs at the very least be able to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs,“ says Senator Lesniak, champion of the bill, in the HSUS video. “Everyone should support such a humane concept, and we need your help to get this legislation through the Assembly.“

“We thank Senator Lesniak for his leadership in championing this important animal protection legislation,“ said Kathleen Schatzmann, The HSUS’ New Jersey state director. “It’s inhumane to confine pigs in crates barely larger than the size of their bodies for years on end, and New Jersey citizens want to ensure that gestation crates no longer remain legal in the Garden State.“

In the video, Senator Lesniak calls on New Jersey citizens to urge their state Assembly members to co-sponsor this bill, which would phase out the use of gestation crates in New Jersey.

To view the HSUS video, click here.