Current Legislation

Confinement of Farm Animals

An Act to Prevent Farm Animal Cruelty
House  Bill 1456

MSPCA position: Support

Bill Status: click here

Most farm animals are raised in intense confinement systems that thwart most, if not all, of their natural behaviors.  This bill would prohibit the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs; that means that standard veal crates, gestation crates for pregnant pigs, and battery cages for hens would not be allowed in the Commonwealth.

Sponsor: Representative Lewis


Representatives: Ashe, Atkins, Balser, Basile, Binienda, Brodeur, Canavan, Cariddi, Coakley-Rivera, Conroy, Cusack, Cutler, Decker, D'Emilia, Dwyer, Ehrlich, Fresolo, Garballey, Garlick, Golden, Gordon, Harrington, Hecht, Heroux, Khan, Kocot, Madden, Mannal, McMurtry, Michlewitz, James M. Murphy, O'Day, O'Flaherty, Peisch, Pignatelli, Provost, Puppolo, Reinstein, David M. Rogers, Rosa, Rushing, Sannicandro, Sciortino, Smizik, Speliotis, Stanley, Walter F. Timilty, Toomey, Turner, Vega, Chris Walsh, Martin J. Walsh, Steven M. Walsh, Walz
Senators: Brownsberger, Clark, Eldridge, Jehlen, John F. Keenan, Montigny, Daniel A. Wolf