, Newburyport, MA


May 2, 2014

Ban the use of gestation crates


Simply because the use of these cruel devices is not yet widespread in Massachusetts is no assurance that they will not become the inhumane norm, as evident by Colby’s desire to implement them. I sincerely hope that Lisa Colby will reconsider. I appreciate Colby Farms’ place in our community and often stop there for produce. With its pastoral setting, two personable goats and a variety of fowl walking freely about, each visit is a delightful experience.

However, implementing gestation crates at Colby Farms would scar the bucolic landscape of Newbury along with our humanity.

Fortunately, a coalition of family farmers, veterinarians and consumers and have come together to rally for a bill (H.1456/S.741) that would ban gestation crates, veal crates (used for young calves) and battery cages of egg-laying hens. I urge Representative Mirra and Senator Tarr to support this humane legislation.

Kathleen Downey


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