Bill Would Amend the Federal Animal Welfare Act to Ban Gestation Crates

House Resolution 7004, the “Pigs in Gestation Stalls (PIGS) Act of 2022,” would amend the federal Animal Welfare Act by prohibiting the confinement of any female pig who is pregnant or kept for the purpose of breeding in “such a manner that prevents the pig from lying down, standing up, or turning around in a complete circle without any impediment, including a tether; and without touching the side of an enclosure or another animal.” The bill also would require each such pig to be provided with at least twenty-four square feet of “usable floorspace.” The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Veronica Escobar and Nancy Mace and has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.