Ask your State Senator and Representative to support The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

Earlier this month, Sen. Robert L. Hedlund (R-Hingham) and Rep. Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) introduced The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (House Bill H00458 & Senate Bill S00786) in the Massachusetts State House. WSPA strongly supports the two bills, which seek to prohibit the cruel confinement of veal calves, egg-laying hens and breeding pigs in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs.

The extreme confinement of farm animals causes unimaginable suffering and is perhaps one of the worst abuses associated with industrialized – or “factory” – farms. In Massachusetts alone, there are approximately 17,000 egg-laying hens 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, the measure to prohibit the confinement of veal calves, egg-laying hens and breeding pigs would take effect in 2015, giving producers sufficient time to transition to more humane systems. 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.

Thank you for your interest in ending farm animal cruelty in Massachusetts.

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