Target: Martha Stewart
Goal: Commend Martha Stewart for publicly advocating for animal rights
Martha Stewart has publicly complained about the cruelty of pig gestation crates and demanded that law makers ban the horrific practice. Pig gestation crates confine pigs to crates the size of their bodies. As a result, pigs cannot even turn around, let alone move freely. This practice is outdated and inhumane. Animal lovers should commend Martha Stewart for using her fame as a platform to speak out against gestation crates.
The New Jersey legislature passed a bill that prohibited this cruel practice. Governor Christie, however, vetoed the bill because the law would economically damage out of state agricultural industries. According to the ASPCA, in her letter, Martha Stewart stated, “These animals have committed no crime, yet they’re treated worse than even the most violent criminals would be treated. No prisoner in our state – or country, for that matter – is kept in a cage so small he can’t turn around for months on end. This is torture, and we shouldn’t permit it to be inflicted on anyone, especially animals who have done nothing to deserve such callous punishment.”
Also according to the ASPCA, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., states, “Gestation crates for pigs are a real problem… Basically, you’re asking a sow to live in an airline seat … I think it’s something that needs to be phased out.”
Sign the petition below to commend Martha Stewart for her passionate letter and encourage awareness for this cause.
Dear Martha Stewart:
Thank you for your letter to the New Jersey legislature that urges lawmakers to end pig gestation crating. This practice is outdated and inhumane. As you mentioned in your letter, this type of confinement causes extreme psychological and physical torture for the pig.
We appreciate your time and effort toward such a worthy cause and hope to help endorse your efforts.
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