Scientists affirm what commonsense tells us: that intelligent, social animals like pigs suffer enormously when immobilized and isolated for years on end. Many develop obsessive behaviors, like waving their heads back and forth endlessly, or biting at the metal bars in front of them to the point that their gums bleed. These crates are so egregiously cruel that leading food companies like McDonald's and Burger King are instructing their pork suppliers to phase them out.
Ninety-three of New Jersey voters support this legislation. These voters know that, like our dogs and cats, pigs are able to feel pain too. But Gov. Christie is under pressure from factory farm pork producers in Iowa to veto this bill. Iowa is the nation's largest pork producer, and also a crucial state for anyone who wants to become president.
According to media reports, one pork producer was told by Christie that he would veto this bill. That's particularly strange because Gov. Christie, who portrays himself as a no-nonsense straight-shooter, has consistently refused to discuss this bill with his actual constituents in New Jersey.