Massachusetts is currently considering legislation that would bring about improved changes to some of the standard industry practices used in the state with the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (H458/S786).
There are currently thousands of animals who spend their lives in cages and crates so small they can’t even enjoy the simple pleasures of moving, stretching or turning around. Despite its inherent cruelty, intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages, calves in veal crates and sows in gestation crates continues to cause suffering to animals who are forced to live on large-scale farms.
The proposed legislation, sponsored by representative Jason Lewis and Senator Katherine Clark , would end the cruel practice of intensive confinement for sows and calves, sows and egg-laying hens by banning gestation crates, veal crates and battery cages and imposing “a penalty for the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.”
Violations would result in a misdemeanor with a fine up to $1000, up to 180 days in jail, or both.
According to a joint letter released by the animal advocacy groups that support this legislation, “there is overwhelming support for farm animal welfare in Massachusetts. For example, 89 percent of voters said they would support legislation to prohibit intensive confinement systems. H458/S786 will protect our local agricultural brand, local family farmers, and the animals under our care; while preserving consumers’ interest in the well-being of farm animals.”
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