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Letter to and from State Senator about Animal Cruelty Legislation - 10 Jul 2013

July 3, 2013

The Honorable Richard J. Ross
Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts State Senate
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator Ross:

As a constituent, I am writing to urge your support of H.1456, which would prohibit some of the cruelest, most intensive forms of farm-animal confinement. This measure is scheduled to be heard by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday, July 9 at the State House in Boston.

Most animals raised for food are raised on factory farms where they are packed into spaces so tight that they can barely move. Without the room to engage in natural behaviors, confined animals experience severe physical and mental distress. H.1456 would ban some of the cruelest forms of intensive confinement: battery cages for egg-laying hens, veal crates for calves, and gestation crates for pregnant pigs.

I urge you to support H.1456 to make Massachusetts a more humane state.

And please help in passing the above bill, H1456, which would prohibit this farm animal cruelty.  Let's use MA as an example to other states that we will not allow cruelty to animals.  I understand about the SNAP program but unnecessary cruelty is just is horrifiying what these animals have to go through and if we can ease their pain but eliminating these cages, then we are decent human beings.  They suffer enough; let them have a little bit of a life.  Thank you and I'm praying that you will feel the same as I do and fight for these animals who are God's creatures just as we are. Mary E. Steers

Thank you for your time and consideration.



July 10, 2013

Dear Mary,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your support for Senate Bill 741 and House Bill 1456, An Act to prevent farm animal cruelty, sponsored by Senator Hedlund and Representative Lewis, respectively. I appreciate the information you have provided me on these matters.

I understand that the goal of this proposed legislation is to prevent the confinement of farm animals and to allow them a certain amount of space to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs. As a pet owner, I recognize the importance of providing protection not only for our own household pets, but all animals of the Commonwealths. As you know, these bills are currently before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, and were addressed at a public hearing on July 9th. As a member of this committee, I assure you that I will keep your support for these bills in mind as we examine all proposed legislation.

As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.


Richard J. Ross
State Senator