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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Not-so-funny farm

Advertising spending by meat industry compared with advertising spending by animal rights groups.

So I went to the Animal Rights event, and I met some cool people. 

The organizations working to pass the Massachusetts Farm Animal Cruelty Act, Bill H.1456, are the Humane Society, the Humane League, Farm Sanctuary, and there was a representative from the MSPCA. 

Here is an excerpt from the proposed bill along with people speak to clarify them: 
(a) The purpose of this section, subject to exceptions, is to prohibit 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.
This passage would apply to gestation crates, battery cages and veal crates. 

Gestation crates are what hold mother pigs who are pregnant. They cannot stand, move or turn around. They are artificially inseminated, they sit in the same place for their entire pregnancy, and when the babies have been nursed to an age where they can enter the same process, the mothers are slaughtered for meat.

Battery cages are for egg laying hens. They cannot move or turn around. They eat and lay eggs for their entire lives, and then they die.

I think we all know what veal crates are. Baby cows are chained around their necks from birth and forced to remain still so the meat can be tender.

I'm guessing you can see why we want this legislation to pass. It needs to be passed by July of this year. 

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