Target: Peter A. Tercyak, Representative of District 26 in the Connecticut House
Goal: Do not restrict the rights of farm animals in Connecticut
A bill introduced into the Connecticut legislature has been stripped of its animal protection wording and instead, if passed, will allow the creation of an animal welfare ‘advisory council.’ This council – despite sounding like a positive move – will actually comprise of individuals from the very farming industries the bill originally sought to penalize. Sign this petition to stop the passage of the bill, and protect farm animals in Connecticut.
The bill, H.B. 5416, originally proposed to ban gestation crates for pregnant sows – crates so tiny that the pigs can’t even turn around. With the rewording of the bill, the language containing this proposition has disappeared and has been replaced with the plan to establish a Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council. This council would decide the standards of animal welfare in the state of Connecticut, but it contains all the people whose interests it is to exploit animals for profit: the creation of this council is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, designed to ensure animals can be kept in appalling conditions if it means securing further profit.
Similar bills have passed in other states, and the councils established by these bills – reportedly ‘advising’ on livestock care standards – have continuously blocked any attempts to improve animal welfare.
Sign this petition to pressure the cosponsor of the bill to stop its passage, and to reword the legislation for its original purpose: to ban cruel gestation crates for pregnant pigs.
Dear Mr. Tercyak,
I am writing regarding H.B. 5416, a bill which you are cosponsoring, that proposes the creation of a Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council in Connecticut. The original wording of this bill was to ban horrific gestation crates for pregnant pigs; now the bill would create a council of members whose interests lie not in animal welfare, but in reaping profit from the suffering of farm animals.
I ask that you stop the passing of this bill through the Connecticut legislature, and reword H.B. 5416 to ban gestation crates for pregnant sows. These crates are so tiny that the sows cannot even turn around in them.
This type of bill has been passed in other states, and they always result in a severe decline in animal welfare, and the blocking of any sort of animal rights legislation. Big farming industries do not care for the livelihoods of their animals, they only seek profit.
Give farming back to Connecticut’s small farmers – people who treat their animals more humanely. Stop this bill, and change it back to its true purpose: ban gestation crates in Connecticut.
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Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States via Wikimedia Commons