Ban Brutal Pregnancy Prisons for Pigs

Target: Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey

Goal: Support ban on gestation crates and veal crates that subject sows and their newborn calves to inhumane living conditions.

Female pigs exploited for breeding are often forced to spend almost their entire lives in cramped containers just a few feet long and wide. The sows kept in gestation crates do not even get the benefit of small comfort. Their “bedding” consists of concrete, plastic, or metal floors designed exclusively for the convenience of the people responsible for them. Canada has banned these barbaric devices, but only a handful of U.S. states have any laws on the books regarding gestation crates. New Jersey, however, could soon have another chance to correct a mistake made several years ago.

A bill sponsored by a senator and assemblyman would outright ban gestation crates. Caretakers would be required to provide humane and comfortable quarters for mother pigs. This legislation would also prohibit use of the equally cruel veal crates: tiny cages that imprison newborn calves. A similar bill passed the state’s legislative chambers with broad bipartisan and overwhelming public support in 2014, but controversial former Governor Chris Christie ultimately vetoed the effort.

History cannot repeat itself. Sign the petition below to help ensure this latest fight against severe confinement does not meet a similar fate.


Dear Governor Murphy,

The public supports it by an over a 90 percent margin. Public health officials have stated that such efforts could help curb dangerous animal-borne illnesses that pose a threat to humans, like COVID-19. Its passage could alleviate the suffering of thousands of pregnant animals that must spend their entire lives in torture chambers where breathing, enjoying quiet and rudimentary sanitation standards, or even lying down are a struggle. A previous version of it in fact earned wide support on both sides of the aisle.

Why, then, has the proposed bill banning gestation crates failed to become state law? The lack of movement on this bill leaves many advocates worried it will meet the same fate as a similar bill introduced—and vetoed—seven years ago. Please do not make the same mistake as your predecessor and abet animal cruelty on a state level.

Support S.3401/A.5236 and sign it into law when it reaches your desk. Take a definitive stand for all of New Jersey’s living beings.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States



  1. eleanor dunkavich says:

    sick people should be arrested

  2. This is a cruel an abusive practice and should be stopped now. Animals have right to live without this kind of cruelty.

  3. Stop eating animals and this fucked up shit stops!

  4. I am appalled that we as a nation are still torturing and abusing other living beings to eat! Pigs are sensitive and intelligent creatures and this CRUELTY MUST END!

  5. Yvette Eyzaguirre says:

    This not humane it’s a mental sickness to think any of this is ok at all. All involved should do life in prison.

  6. Farmers, Governments & anyone that can inflict, legalize or allow such horrendous cruelty, pain, abuse, suffering on PREGNANT SOWS or ANY OTHER ANIMALS like this need to be locked up for good in these torture chambers, they deserve to be driven into INSANIITY the same way and slowly tortured to death like this!! fucking EVIL MONSTERS!!!! BURN IN HELL SCUM HUMANS!!!!

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