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June 3, 2014

Letter: Time to ban battery cages

To the editor:

There are 3,000 hens suffering from extreme confinement in battery cages in Massachusetts right now. These are cages so small that the hens are unable to even spread their wings. Fortunately, there is now an opportunity to end this form of senseless, inhumane treatment with the H. 1456/S. 741 bill. If passed, it would ban the battery cages that are currently being used on hens and also prohibit the use of gestation crates for pigs and veal crates. A 2014 poll found that 92 percent of Massachusetts voters would support the legislation.

I am thankful that state Rep. John Keenan is a co-sponsor of this bill, and I urge state Sen. Joan Lovely to please stand with the majority of voters who wish to prohibit these cruel cages. We would never treat our pets this way, so why do this to farm animals that are intelligent and feel pain, too?

Please be a voice for these animals that are suffering in excruciating living conditions by supporting H. 1456/ S. 741.

Christopher Fuccione

Boston coordinator World Events to End Animal Cruelty

Salem

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