Editorial: ‘Yes’ on Question 3

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Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 “would prohibit any farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any breeding pig, calf raised for veal or egg-laying hen in a way that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.”

In addition — and of more impact to state residents — the law would ban the selling of eggs or meat from hens, pigs or calves if the seller “knows or should know” that the animal was confined in a manner prohibited by the law.

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It is difficult, if not impossible, to dispute this issue on moral or ethical grounds. Animals, even those raised for their eggs or our consumption, should be treated humanely.


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