In vetoing a ban on narrow cages that prevent pregnant pigs from turning around, Gov. Christie drew accusations last week from animal-rights advocates of bowing to the will of the pork industry, which has a large presence in the early presidential nominating state of Iowa. On Monday, the governor won a positive reaction for his decision – in Iowa…Gestation crates, however, don’t prevent piglets from being crushed – they’re only for pregnant sows, said Larry Katz, a professor of animal sciences and senior associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Sows that have recently given birth are kept in farrowing crates, Katz said, which are designed to give piglets an escape route to prevent them from being crushed. He said New Jersey’s bill wouldn’t have outlawed farrowing crates.
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