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Certain lawmakers who opposed Question 3, the Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals, are now pushing to establish a deceptive livestock board.
H.441 would create a politically unaccountable board that could put agribusiness interests over the safety and protection of animals in Massachusetts. Livestock board proposals have been rejected by state legislatures across the country and repeatedly by Massachusetts lawmakers. With only two of 13 seats allotted to animal welfare organizations, the board would not ensure the humane treatment of farm animals.
To take the next step to protect farm animals, the passage of S.1145/H.416 would permit animal control officers and humane law enforcement officers to write a citation when farm animals are kept in cruel conditions, such as filthy and dirty confinement and exposure to excessive animal waste and garbage. This legislation could prevent situations such as the horrific Westport animal cruelty case from developing, where animals are suffering and beyond veterinary help.
Calling is the one of the most effective actions you can take. Look up your state legislators and check to see if either are members of the committee considering H.441. Then, please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative and state senator urging opposition of H.441.
If they are on the committee, you can simply say, "As your constituent, I urge you to oppose H.441, the livestock board bill, which would create an unbalanced and unaccountable board that could undo established protections for farm animals and impede future protections for Massachusetts' farm animals."
If they are not on the committee, you can simply say, “As your constituent, I ask you to urge your colleagues on the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to oppose H.441, the livestock board bill, which would create an unbalanced and unaccountable board that could undo established protections for farm animals and impede future protections.”
After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.