We in Massachusetts have a great opportunity at hand to help some of the most abused animals on the planet, and it is essential to support the ballot initiative that will prevent cruelty to farm animals. I’m excited to see that it’s moving forward (“SJC approves ballot question on cage-free eggs,” July 6). This initiative gives Massachusetts a unique opportunity to greatly improve the lives of farm animals by banning extreme confinement practices. Pigs, calves and chickens are intelligent social animals that should not be forced to languish in tiny cages their entire lives. It is encouraging that this important animal protection measure is now on the ballot because it is so crucial for reducing animal suffering. Please vote Yes to protect abused farm animals on Nov. 8.