35 ballot petitions are currently under review by state Attorney General Maura Healey, all seeking to get voters to weigh in on issues around the state, from common core and charter schools to fireworks, tobacco taxes, and marijuana. Also among the submissions was one filed by a coalition of animal rights groups, veterinarians, farmers and other public health officials calling themselves Citizens for Farm Animal Protection.
They say the petition aims to “curb extreme confinement and lifelong immobilization of animals at industrial-style factory farms” and “would ensure that certain farm animals are able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs.”
It would also ban the sale of eggs, veal, and pork raised in this manner.
MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke and Humane Society Of The United States Massachusetts Director Stephanie Harris discuss the new push for voters to weigh in on the living conditions of farm animals.