Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, says "With his second veto on a gestation crate ban within the last year, Gov. Christie has proved himself an outlier on the issue of extreme confinement of farm animals. The nation's largest pork buyers-including McDonald's, Safeway, Costco, and others-have decided to cleanse their supply chains of pork from operations that don't let the animals move, and even major producers like Smithfield Foods are making the switch. This veto shows cynical political calculation from the governor and an obvious capitulation to special interests, rather than leadership or humanity."
Nine other states, Canada, the European Union, Australia, India and Brazil are moving away from gestation crates due to animal welfare concerns. Some of America's biggest pork producers, like Smithfield and Cargill, are also ending gestation crate use in their supply chains. And leading food companies like McDonald's, Wendy's, Safeway, Burger King and more than 60 others are eliminating these crates from their supply chains.