Sep 20, 2011
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has endorsed the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (House Bill H00458 & Senate Bill S00786). Sen. Robert L. Hedlund (R-Hingham) and Rep. Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) introduced the bills earlier this year, which seek to ban the cruel confinement of veal calves in crates, egg-laying hens in battery cages, and breeding pigs in gestation crates and sow stalls.
The extreme confinement of farm animals causes unimaginable suffering and is perhaps one of the worst abuses associated with industrialized – or “factory” – farming. In Massachusetts alone, 17,000 egg-laying hens are crammed into tiny, overcrowded cages that render the animals virtually immobile for their entire lives. Veal calves are tethered and confined in tiny crates too narrow for them to turn around. Female breeding pigs spend nearly 80% of their lives confined to stalls so small that they cannot move.
If passed, House Bill H00458 & Senate Bill S00786 would end farm animal confinement by 2015, giving producers sufficient time to transition to more humane methods. Seven other states have already passed similar legislation, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, and Oregon. Throughout the U.S., numerous companies, restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals and schools have made the switch to using cage-free eggs.
It’s time for Massachusetts to join the national movement and end the cruel confinement of farm animals.
If you are a Massachusetts resident, please contact your State Senator and Representative today to ask them to support the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.
Remember, you have to be a resident of Massachusetts in order to contact your state legislators about this bill.
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