Putting politics ahead of the people (and pigs), New Jersey governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have effectively banned gestation crates and required hog farmers to give animals at least enough room to turn around and lie down comfortably. It was a modest measure that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both branches of the state legislature.
More than 93 percent of New Jersey residents favored the bill, which came into the national spotlight when it drew the support of numerous celebrities, including Bob Barker, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Bill Maher, Paul Wesley, Jon Bernthal, and Martha Stewart.
Then why did Christie veto the bill?
It turns out that Christie’s presidential aspirations were behind his latest act of corruption. According to MSNBC and the Daily Show, Christie’s primary concern was appeasing Iowa factory farmers in hopes of getting their support for his bid to be president. After all, the Iowa caucus helps determine which nominee will become the Republican Party’s chosen candidate. Unfortunately, mother pigs in New Jersey now have to pay the price.
As repeatedly documented by Mercy For Animals, confinement in gestation crates is one of the worst forms of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. For nearly their entire lives, pregnant pigs are condemned to these filthy metal crates, which are so small the mother pigs are unable to turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, run, play, or engage in other natural behaviors.
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Gestation crates are so patently cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European Union. New Jersey would have been the 10th state to ban these crates, had it not been for the personal agenda of its so-called leader.
Christie’s veto, while incredibly disappointing, does not prevent compassionate individuals like you from doing your part. By adopting a healthy and humane vegetarian diet, you can help mother pigs and all other farmed animals. Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information.