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Prevent cruelty to farm animals

Letters to the Editor Worcester Telegram & Gazette Oct 06, 2015

I have long been concerned about how farm animals are abused by corporations that make most of the meat and eggs in this country. Whether it’s confining chickens in cages so small they can’t spread their wings, or pigs in crates so narrow they’re never able to turn around, these cruel types of production methods don’t represent Massachusetts’ values.

A Revolutionary Ballot Initiative for Animals

News Harvard Law Record Sep 26, 2015

Animal advocates have long deemed practices of large-scale, industrialized “factory farms”—farms from which we get 99% of our meat—to be excessively cruel. Perhaps the clearest manifestation of this cruelty is the tiny spaces in which farm animals spend their entire lives: industry cages do not provide room for the animals to move more than a step forwards or backwards, turn around, or stretch their limbs and wings.

We will win in 2016

Op-Ed Harvard Law Record Sep 26, 2015

By we, I mean We, The People of Massachusetts. By win, I mean enact our will via direct democracy.

Given the chance, voters will elect by a landslide to stop animal abuse. And a coalition plans to give us that chance. Citizens for Farm Animal Protection (which spoke at HLS last week) aims to put an initiative on the 2016 ballot.

Foxes spur plan for volunteer wildlife officer in Provincetown

News Provincetown Banner Sep 24, 2015

[Relevant excerpt] The committee also heard from Truro resident Candace Nagle, who requested that the committee support a ballot initiative that would result in Massachusetts curbing farm animal confinement. She said that 90,000 signatures needed to be gathered in the next few weeks to put the measure on the state ballot in 2016. The proposed legislation is supported by the Humane Society of the U.S., the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to name a few.

The US egg industry is losing its fight to keep chickens in cages

News Quartz Sep 21, 2015

Things are starting to look up for the US’s flock of nearly 300 million egg-laying hens. Right now, approximately 96% of those chickens live in cages, with only about 67 to 86 square inches (170 to 220 cm) of usable space per bird. But that may soon change.

Egg industry hands animal advocates big win in cage-free fight

News Politico Sep 17, 2015

The nation's largest egg industry group is conceding the fight over a proposed ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would bar the in-state sale of meat or eggs from caged animals raised anywhere in the nation.

The decision hands animal rights advocates a partial victory in their push for more humane treatment of livestock.

"We don't have any options," United Egg Producers President Chad Gregory said in an interview with POLITICO. "The activists are ripping apart conventional cages, and we have no middle ground to go to."

Fall Signature Drive: MA Farm Animal Confinement Initiative

News Public News Service Sep 10, 2015

BOSTON - People who are concerned about animal cruelty are hitting the streets gathering support for a 2016 Ballot Initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts.

Rob Halpin, director of public relations with MSPCA-Angell, says the majority of people, in the Commonwealth and the nation, don't want farm animals subjected to cruelty as they are being raised to provide food for dinner tables.

"People around the state, including 65 Massachusetts farmers and counting, farmers who raise animals for food have already signed on to this ballot initiative," says Halpin.

Amid push for cage-free eggs in Mass., advocates laud McDonald’s

News Boston Globe Sep 09, 2015

They’re lovin’ it.​

Advocates of a proposed ballot question that would require Massachusetts farms and businesses to produce and sell only eggs from cage-free hens are lauding the announcement Wednesday that McDonald’s will transition to cage-free eggs for almost 16,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada, indicating the move will help pave the way for the referendum’s victory.

LTE: Ballot measure would reduce farm cruelty

Letters to the Editor Eagle-Tribune Aug 25, 2015

The Eagle-Tribune ("Let market drive humane farming," Aug. 19) points out the many problems of factory farming and we agree that it's an "ugly way to produce food."

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' mission of kindness and care extends to all animals, including those raised for food. We support the recently announced ballot measure because we believe that egg-laying hens, female breeding pigs, and veal calves should not be kept in cages so small they can't turn around or extend their limbs.

Humane Society: ‘Cage-free’ costs for Mass. farm animals minimal

Media Boston Herald Aug 25, 2015

A new proposal in Massachusetts that would require farm owners to have “cage-free” animals would have minimal impact on the cost of raising chickens, said a representative from the Humane Society on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” program.