Despite a previous veto from N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, the Garden State Legislature has voted once again in favor of a bill that would prohibit pig farmers from keeping pregnant oinkers in gestation crates, with the strong backing of actor Danny DeVito and animal welfare groups.
The Humane Society of the U.S. today issued a statement from native New Jerseyan DeVito, who grew up in Asbury Park, in which he appeals to Gov. Christie: “You know my heart is in New Jersey. Chris, please sign the ban on gestation crates — cages used to confine breeding pigs! Man, that sounds like something we should do right away. I’d be proud of you for signing that one, Gov. You sign this ban and I think you go straight to heaven. Not for a long while of course, but, no question this kind of thing opens the gate!”
The bill was passed once before, but Christie vetoed it. It passed the N.J. Legislature again yesterday by a 53-13 vote, with nine abstentions.
New Jersey is home to about 250 pig farms, most of which do not use the crates — which make for cramped, uncomfortable conditions for the expectant moms.
As New Jersey is my home state, I am as happy as a hog in you-know-what about this development, and hope that Gov. Christie thinks twice before vetoing it again.
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