The MSPCA Is Backing an Anti-Farm Animal Cruelty Ballot Measure

If the proposal passes next year, it will regulate farm animal cage size.

The MSPCA Angell, in collaboration with a list of other animal rights organizations, announced a ballot measure Wednesday that, if passed, would help curtail farm animal cruelty.

The proposal, which will be included on Nov. 8, 2016 ballots, would ensure that food-producing chickens, pigs, and calves are not kept in inhumanely small cages, guaranteeing them enough space to move around and extend their limbs. Any eggs, whole cuts of pork, and whole cuts of veal sold in Massachusetts would also have to come from animals treated in compliance with these standards.

If passed, the regulations would go into effect in 2022. The MSPCA Angell is working alongside the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Humane Society of the United States, Zoo New England, the ASPCA, and other animal welfare groups to get the measure passed.

While the ballot measure addresses only a small portion of the mistreatment animals endure in the industrial food system, a statement on the MSPCA’s website spells out the organization’s position on the issue:

“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.”