(CELEBRITY NEWS/FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY) She’d never be caught living in a pigsty, but the queen of fine living is fighting for the little oinkers’ homes. Martha Stewart is calling on her hometown of New Jersey’s legislators to help protect pigs from gestation crates—a common but cruel practice in the pork industry. In an open letter she urges lawmakers to reaffirm their support of a statewide ban on the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in cages that are so small the little sows are unable to move a single inch in any direction. Pigs are social, intelligent creatures, and this kind of inhumane treatment causes both physical and psychological disorders.
In May, the state legislature overwhelmingly voted to prohibit these barbaric devices, but reportedly under pressure from out-of-state pork interests, NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. Now a coalition of animal welfare organizations from all over the country—with Martha right by their side—are urging lawmakers to finish the job they started and override Christie’s veto. This common-sense legislation, already enacted in nine other states, requires breeding pigs to at least be allowed to stand-up, lie down, and turn around in the crate they’re confined to. Sounds like basic decency to me! Read below for more on the campaign to end this abusive practice and click here to watch the Humane Society of the United States’ ad depicting how millions of innocent pigs are forced to live. — Global Animal
New York Daily News
To hear Martha Stewart tell it, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the pocket of big pork.
Stewart lashed out at Christie’s decision to veto a bill that would have phased out the use of pig gestation crates, cages used by pig farmers that prevent pregnant sows from moving freely.
Decrying the practice as an “inhumane practice,” Stewart said that New Jersey has a long history of pro-animal policies, but that tradition was tarnished when S. 1921 reached Christie’s desk. “…Unfortunately, that’s where the effort to help prevent cruelty died, since Gov. Christie decided to veto the bill after hearing from out-of-state (read: Iowa) pork interests,” Stewart wrote in a letter to members of the New Jersey legislature.
The New Jersey bill passed by a vote of 29-4 in the state Senate, and by 60-5 in the Assembly, and nine U.S. states have already passed bills to phase out pig gestation crates. A growing number of companies, including McDonald’s, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Oscar Mayer have also agreed to stop using the crates, and the entire European Union bans their use. Christie, however, remains unmoved.
In a statement released Thursday, Christie said his decision to veto the legislation achieved “the proper balancing of humane treatment of gestation pigs with the interests of farmers whose livelihood depends on their ability to properly manage their livestock.”
That wasn’t nearly good enough for Stewart, who cited a recent Mason-Dixon poll that showed that 91 percent of New Jersey residents agreed that gestation crates should be phased out.
“I urge you to reaffirm your support for this common sense legislation and vote to override Gov. Christie’s regrettable veto,” Stewart said in her letter to the legislature. “These animals have committed no crime, yet they’re treated worse than even the most violent criminals would be treated.”