To the editor:
I am in full support of Question 3, the ballot initiative that will greatly benefit farm animals.
Question 3 will ban extremely cruel confinement practices that cause farm animals immense suffering. For example, right now it is standard practice to confine egg laying hens into wire cages so small that they can't even stretch their wings.
Multiple birds are packed so tightly in each cage that they often step on each other and get tangled in the wires. As anyone could imagine, this causes severe, chronic injury and illness.
By RACHEL GOULDER
Many residents of Massachusetts have driven by or even visited a local farm with their family. It may look like a beautiful picture right out of a calendar. But what many of you don't know is what really happens to farm animals on farms in Massachusetts that you do not drive by or cannot visit.
By Sheryl Julian GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AUGUST 09, 2016
RAYNHAM — Newborn chicks arrive in the mail. When the postman doesn’t see Feather Brook Farm owner Arthur “Tad” Largey around, he puts the fluffy little yellow balls somewhere safe. They will grow into meaty birds, and eventually find their way onto restaurant menus or into elite butcher cases, and then, maybe, a cook will sprinkle one with fresh herbs and roast it until golden and juicy.
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.
The campaign pressing to ban the use of certain animal confinement practices on farms said Tuesday it had gathered an additional 40,000 signatures to secure its spot on the November ballot, well in excess of the 10,792 signatures required by Wednesday. Wednesday is the deadline for the campaigns to submit their signatures to municipal officials. Once signatures are certified, campaigns must turn them in to Secretary of State William Galvin's office by July 6.
To the editor:
Concerned citizens of Massachusetts are currently gathering petition signatures to support the Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals. These signatures would put a question on the ballot for the November election that would allow Massachusetts voters to make a difference for farm animals on large farms, and to improve food safety across the state.
One could argue that Massachusetts is behind the times when it comes to the prevention of cruelty to farm animals. Voters are being asked on Ballot Question 3 to phase out "extreme methods of farm animal confinement” and ban the sale of eggs, veal or pork from an animal that is confined “in a cruel manner.”
Ten states have already passed similar laws, and many major retailers, including Walmart, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts, have already promised to sell only cage-free eggs in the coming years.
Press Releases Mar 02, 2016
Endorsement by Bay State native comes just days after Stop & Shop and other retailers announced plans to switch to cage-free eggs
A Massachusetts bill promoting the raising of cage-free animals may have limited resonance in a state where there are few commercial farms practicing anything but this approach, but it could have a wider impact beyond the commonwealth's borders. That's because the measure would also have a direct effect on the eggs, veal, and pigs coming in from out of state and ending up on our grocery shelves.
Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 “would prohibit any farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any breeding pig, calf raised for veal or egg-laying hen in a way that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.”
In addition — and of more impact to state residents — the law would ban the selling of eggs or meat from hens, pigs or calves if the seller “knows or should know” that the animal was confined in a manner prohibited by the law.