The animal rights-backed group Citizens for Farm Animal Protection (CFAP) filed an initiative in Massachusetts that, if enacted, will ban the use of confinement cages in the state. Specifically, MassLive reports the measure seeks to outlaw the use of extreme confinement and lifelong immobilization of farm animals such as veal calves, breeding sows and egg-laying hens.
The group is backed by a number of animal rights groups including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). CFAP alleges that animals spend their lives in cages that are barely larger than their bodies and that the practice is torture and intolerable. While previous attempts to enact similar legislation at Beacon Hill died, the group hopes to prod the Massachusetts legislature to take up their issue during the next legislative session. If they are unsuccessful, CFAP will pursue getting the bill enacted by ballot referendum but it will take 90,000 signatures to do so.
The language in CFAP’s legislation would make it illegal for any farmer or business owner to knowingly cause any covered animal to be confined in a cruel manner. Transportation for slaughter, medical research, examination and fair exhibits are exempted. The proposal sounds high-minded but the intent behind it is sinister.
Earlier this year, California voters approved a ballot measure, Proposition 2, that required chicken farmers to enlarge cages for chickens that are used to lay eggs. However, according to the UK Guardian, the law also states that chickens must be in cages they can lie down, stand up, extend their limbs and turn around freely. But instead of making cages larger, farmers ordered new, larger cages or reduce their flock. Some farmers have pulled out of the egg business altogether.
While not all egg farmers are opposed to the law’s results, one egg producer named Jake Townsend said:
“I’ve seen conventional eggs as high as $6 or $7 a dozen this month, and then you’ve got some pasture-raised eggs available at $9.50 a dozen, so all of a sudden people can pay just a couple dollars more for better quality eggs,” Townsend said. “Based on my conversations with both consumers and store owners, that’s a leap a lot of consumers are willing to make.”
The only person hurt by laws forcing farmers to enlarge animal cages is the consumer. But groups like the Humane Society and their wealthy benefactors and staff members don’t care. Their evil intent is to drive as many people off egg and even meat consumption while ridding people of eggs from their diets in hopes of it resulting in a lack of nutrition and maybe even death. Laws mandating larger animal cages are not about the humane treatment of animals, but diet behavior modification that the Humane Society hopes to result in ridding the planet of more humans. Slowly, but surely with victories like in California and what they hope to accomplish in Massachusetts their goal may just be realized.