Voters Choose Compassion – Animal Protection Law Passed

Less than a week ago, voters in Massachusetts chose compassion over cruelty. By a wide margin, the Massachusetts Minimum Size Requirements for Farm Animal Containment (aka Question 3), passed into law.

Despite warnings that consumers could see a spike in the price of some key food “staples,” on Tuesday nearly 78 percent of voters decided that humane treatment of livestock was more important.

So what is Question 3? According to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), the measure ensures that “egg-laying hens, female breeding pigs, and veal calves” are not kept in cages so small that they are prevented from turning around or extending their limbs.


MSPCA stated:

Farm animals have intrinsic value, complexity, and dignity, and the billions of animals raised each year in the United States for food are entitled to live their lives able to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely. Consumers are demanding these higher animal welfare standards.

Individuals who were arguing against the measure claimed that the new standards, and subsequent “higher prices,” would equate to a tax on the poor. As reported by the Boston Globe, the farm industry claims that current standards are already “safe and humane.” The industry has stated that the current “efficient” methods ensure that consumers have access to low-cost food.

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Large scale farming institutions, including the National Pork Producers Council, allege that the measure is part of a bigger “vegan agenda.”

The new law, which ideally will reduce cruelty to livestock by improving quality of life, is scheduled to take effect in 2022. Click here to read the entire measure. Find the MSPCA here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Dave Haverman says:

    Whatever it takes to stop any form of animal cruelty it has to happen. No matter how much money, no matter who it affects, anyone not treating livestock and any animal like you would treat yourself needs to be punished severely and fined hugely. As for Veal and the way they torture calves to get it, come on people it needs to be outlawed. NO MORE VEAL ASSHOLES.

  2. Gail joyce says:

    Keep cruelty away as much as possible! If prices go up, they go up. I’d rather pay more & know some gift of an animal from God with feelings didn’t suffer if we are going to keep up with this ridiculous eat meat kinda world.

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