Help Get Farm Animals in Massachusetts Out of Crates and Cages
Dear Humanitarian in Massachusetts,
Millions of pigs, calves and chickens are forced to spend their lives confined in spaces so small they can’t even turn around. Gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages prevent animals from performing natural behaviors, thus causing injuries and significant physical and psychological stress.
Pigs and calves in crates spend nearly their entire lives unable to take more than a step forward or backward. Hens confined in battery cages are unable to spread their wings, turn around, or lay their eggs in nests.
Nine states have recognized the suffering of farm animals in intensive confinement and banned the use of gestation crates for pigs and/or veal crates for calves. A number of large companies, including major corporations, retail chains, and food-service companies have stopped using eggs produced by caged hens.
Massachusetts can join the movement against extreme confinement by passing H. 1456, a bill that would prohibit any pig, calf or hen from being tethered or confined in a manner that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.
What You Can Do
You can help improve the lives of these animals by contacting your Massachusetts state representative and asking that he or she support this important legislation. To send an email or print a letter to send to your representative, click here.
You can also show your support for the bill at the upcoming public hearing at the Massachusetts State House. Here are the details:
What: Public Hearing on House Bill 1456
When: Tuesday, July 9th at 1 p.m.
Where: Hearing Rooms A1 & A2, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA, 02133
Please be sure to share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to send a message also. As always, thank you very much for your help!
Farm Animal Program Manager