5 Stories of 2014: The Surprising Links Between Human and Animal Protection

December 29, 2014 9:01 PM

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After reports of his bridge scandal, the New Jersey Governor's 2016 presidential ambitions took a nosedive. That's why many see his recent veto of a bill that would have banned gestation crates as an attempt to win back influential voters. Pork industry groups -- especially the Iowa-based National Pork Producers Council -- opposed the bill. Christie's veto was made as a concession to Iowa's primary voters. But Christie sold out both animals and humans for campaign favors.

Most breeding pigs in the U.S. are confined for virtually their entire lives in gestation crates as they endure cycles of repeated impregnation. These individual cages are so small-- approximately 2 feet wide that the animals can't even turn around. In addition to causing immense suffering in animal...

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