Times of Trenton: End use of gestation crates for farm animals in New Jersey

A pig in Hunterdon County.
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A movement to improve farm animals’ lives has been sweeping the country, and it has landed in New Jersey in the form of a bill that outlaws “gestation crates” — the body-sized cages that confine more than 80 percent of pregnant pigs in the United States.

Just 11 years ago, Florida passed the first law to ban this standard factory farming practice when it amended its state constitution, by a vote of 55-45, to outlaw gestation crates. Since then, eight more states have banned the crates, prompting pork producers such as Smithfield and Hormel to announce phase-out plans, and nearly 50 major corporations — including McDonald’s and Target — to announce that they will eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chains.

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