Massachusetts Voters Sign in Droves to Get Anti-Confinement Measure Closer to Ballot

By on December 2, 2015 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

The movement to end the era of intensive confinement of animals in agriculture is flourishing through so many channels. Earlier today, I announced that Michael Foods has become the latest major producer to see that the future is cage-free. In recent months, The HSUS has also made a dozen major announcements with major food retailers, from McDonald’s to Starbucks to Panera Bread to Taco Bell, all pledging to go cage free. Now, I am happy to announce yet another critical milestone in our public policy efforts to challenge factory farming.

This afternoon, the Citizens for Farm Animal Protection coalition turned in more than 133,000 signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This moves the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act a giant leap closer to the 2016 ballot in the Bay State. The measure would prohibit the confinement of egg-laying hens, pigs used for breeding, and calves raised for veal in cages or crates so small that they’re rendered virtually immobile. It would also require that eggs, pork, and veal sold in Massachusetts meet this same modest standard.

Gathering so many signatures in a short 66 days is a very rare feat, and it happened thanks to the spadework and footwork of more than a thousand volunteers. Compassionate advocates took time off work or spent their weekends collecting signatures in their communities, where they were greeted by voters enthusiastic to prevent cruelty to farm animals. I celebrate their spirit of determination and volunteerism.

This coalition is bolstered by an array of organizations, including The HSUS, the MSPCA, the ASPCA, Animal Rescue League of Boston, Zoo New England, Berkshire Humane Society, Farm Sanctuary, Compassion in World Farming, The Humane League, Animal Equality, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, and others. There are plenty of other endorsers not part of the established animal welfare community, including the United Farm Workers, the Center for Food Safety, Real Food Challenge, and hundreds of Massachusetts veterinarians, religious leaders, and more than 100 family farmers. Their voices are critical in the broader effort to remind Massachusetts voters that this measure is in the best interest of not only animals but of public health, the environment, workers, and the agricultural sector.

There’s still a long way to go and I hope you’ll join us in this groundbreaking campaign. But first, take a moment to savor this clearing of a critical milestone. The success of this campaign will provide a shield to millions of farm animals, if approved. One thing is for sure: if we win, it will hasten the demise of the extreme confinement of farm animals in the United States.

Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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  1. Jo Ardell says:

    No Animal should be enslaved and denied freedom to move. It is cruel. How would any human feel if they were in this same plight? Stop eating animals. Stop wearing animals. Ban gestation crates forever!

  2. Michelle Kaufman says:

    Years ago I collected signatures on a petition to ban gestation crates for pigs in Florida. I found that 99% of the people I approached approved of that ban, eagerly signed the petition and it is now part of the Florida Constitution.
    ?Keep going!!!

  3. Tonya Gingerich says:

    this type of cruelty has to end, we as a civilized society should do better

  4. eusebio manuel vestias pecurto says:

    I love cause of animal love from europe

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