Massachusetts, protect farm animals from cruelty

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I urge you to oppose H.441, the livestock board bill, which would create an unbalanced and unaccountable board that could impede protections for Massachusetts farm animals.

H.441 would carve out farm animals for an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy by creating a board that would have to approve by a two-thirds majority livestock-related regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources. Only two of the 13 seats would be allotted to animal welfare organizations -- suppressing the concerns of animal advocates statewide.

Livestock board proposals have been rejected by state legislatures across the country and repeatedly by Massachusetts lawmakers. However, the bill's language takes on new meaning in the wake of last November's Question 3, which simply requires that, by 2022, farm animals be given enough space to turn around and extend their limbs, and that certain meat and eggs sold in Massachusetts meet this modest standard. A staggering 78 percent of voters approved the measure.

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