Friday, May 15, 2009

Another State Bans Gestation Crates and Veal Crates

This week the governor of Maine signed into law a bill that will protect farm animals by banning veal crates and gestation crates! The bill’s passage makes Maine the sixth state in the nation to prohibit certain types of extreme confinement of farm animals. Last fall, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that also eliminates veal crates and gestation crates as well as battery cages for egg-laying hens in the state. Farm Sanctuary was a main backer of this landmark legislation, as well as similar successful anti-confinement initiatives in Florida and Arizona. In addition, Oregon and Colorado have passed laws prohibiting certain cruel factory farming confinement practices.

What’s more, Maine’s enactment of this law comes on the heels of last Tuesday’s introduction of a groundbreaking anti-confinement bill in New York state, as well as similar pending legislation we are working on in Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Thank you for supporting Farm Sanctuary and enabling us to be a powerful force for change for millions of farm animals throughout the nation. Help us to keep the momentum created by these successes by doing your part to end the cruel confinement of calves raised for veal, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens in your state!

Thank you for your compassion,

Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder
Farm Sanctuary

P.S. - Working to pass laws to stop these cruel practices is a vital part of Farm Sanctuary's work, and we simply couldn't do it without you. So, THANK YOU for being a Farm Sanctuary member and making history by changing the legal status of farm animals in the U.S.!

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