Target: Rhode Island Senate
Goal: Ban the use of extreme confinement for veal calves and breeding pigs in Rhode Island.
There is a bill being presented to the Rhode Island Senate that will ban the use of extreme confinement for veal calves and breeding pigs. Many farms producing these animals use crates so small that the animals do not even have room to move. This causes unnecessary pain and stress to the animals.
Veal crates and gestation crates are designed to keep the animal inside from moving. Pigs in gestation crates are confined during the entirety of their pregnancy. When they give birth, they are quickly impregnated and returned to the gestation crates. Calves which are raised in veal crates are taken from their mothers immediately after birth. They are then confined in crates for nearly their entire life.
This inhumane treatment of these animals has been banned in eight other states, and many pork and veal producers have pledged to stop the use of crating. Rhode Island should join these states to protect these animals from this torture. Rhode Island Representative Patricia Serpa has said, “Preventing these abuses from becoming standard practices is vital to protecting our state’s most vulnerable animals.” Animals suffer intense pain and discomfort living in these crates, and banning extreme confinement will allow them to live humanely.
Dear Rhode Island State Senate,
There is a bill being presented to you that will ban the use of extreme confinement for veal calves and breeding pigs. Veal crates and gestation crates are designed to keep the animals they contain from moving. This causes unnecessary pain and stress to the animals.
I ask you to pass this bill to stop this torture. The animals that live in veal and gestation crates stay confined for most of their lives. They are unable to move at all. Many are unable to even turn their heads. By passing this bill, Rhode Island will join eight other US states which have banned this inhumane practice. You must pass this bill to protect the animals from cruel confinement.
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