Target: Rep. Richard Roy, Chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee
Goal: Outlaw excessively small livestock crates in Connecticut
For many animals born on factory farms, the world never expands beyond the walls of a cage hardly bigger than their bodies. Enclosed away from the sun, grass and fresh air, these animals live out their lives in crates so small they can’t even turn around. These crates, used to contain gestating pigs and calves harvested for veal, are currently legal for farms to use in the state of Connecticut–but a group of dedicated local animal rights activists is fighting to change that.
Crates like the ones currently permissible for use on farms in Connecticut keep animals in spaces so small as to be torturous. Pigs on factory farms must endure their pregnancies–which often begin again just as soon as they have given birth to a litter–inside metal cages that barely contain them. They roll their tongues, gnaw at the bars and ultimately give up trying to move around in their confinement. Young calves must face similar excruciating conditions inside crates so inhumane they have been banned in the UK for more than 20 years.
Representatives from the Humane Society, as well as several other animal welfare groups, have demanded that state legislators outlaw these cruel forms of animal confinement. Join them in their fight to ensure that farm animals are treated with dignity and respect. Sign the petition below today.
Dear Rep. Richard Roy,
All sentient beings are entitled to dignity in life. But current Connecticut legislation allows farmers to use methods of confinement that degrade and torture the animals in their care.
Veal crates and sow stalls are often built to be so small that the animals within can’t even turn around or shift their weight. Animals kept in such containers routinely display abnormal repetitive behaviors, such as biting at the bars that enclose them. Allowing extreme confinement to remain legal only enables animal cruelty on an industrial scale.
I stand behind the animal welfare activists who have lobbied for a ban on extreme agricultural confinement. I ask that you introduce legislation to prohibit these cruel livestock practices.
[Your Name Here]