New Jersey Legislature Again Considers Ban on Gestation Crates and Veal Crates

New Jersey Assembly Bill 1970 would establish minimum space requirements for breeding pigs and calves raised for veal, effectively banning the use of veal crates and gestation crates. The bill’s provisions would require at least twenty-four square feet of space for a sow and at least forty-three square feet of space for a calf raised for veal. The bill would establish both civil and criminal penalties for violations and add inhumane confinement of breeding pigs and calves used for veal to the state’s animal cruelty code. Similar legislation previously has been introduced and passed in New Jersey on multiple occasions but was vetoed by former Governor Chris Christie. AB 1970 has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.