from the humane society of the united states press release:
(May 14, 2008)—Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed landmark legislation prohibiting two controversial factory farm confinement methods. Specifically, the new law will phase outgestation crates and veal crates—individual cages that confine breeding sows and veal calves.
Nearly 150,000 breeding pigs are confined in gestation crates inColorado. While the state has no current veal industry, its sizable dairy industry could potentially attract veal operations, and the veal crate provision was a preemptive measure.
·Gestation crates are barren, two-foot-wide individual metal cages so small, the animals cannot even turn around. Veal crates are narrow wooden stalls that prevent calves from turning around or lying down comfortably. The calves are typically chained by their necks and suffer immensely.
·Coloradois now the first state in the country to ban the use of gestation crates and veal crates by action of a state legislature.Florida,ArizonaandOregonhave prohibited gestation crates.Arizonahas prohibited veal crates. And aCaliforniameasureto prohibit veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages recently qualified for November’s ballot.
Smithfield Foods, the largestU.S.pig producer, is phasing out gestation crates, and theAmerican Veal Associationvoted to urge the entire veal industry to phase out veal crates. Colorado-based chain Chipotle already refuses to buy any pork from producers that use gestation crates. Chains such asSafeway,Burger King,Carl’s Jr. and Hardeeshave also implemented policies to reduce their reliance on gestation crate pork.