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May 5, 2014

Gestation crates are appallingly cruel

To the editor:

Re: “Farm cage ban bill draws opposing views” by Christian Wade, April 26.

With farmers such as Lisa Colby considering subjecting the mother pigs on her farm in Newbury to gestation crates, it’s clear that Massachusetts needs to pass House Bill 1456 and Senate Bill 741, which would ban the hyper confinement of farm animals, and Rep. Mirra and Senator Tarr need to support these bills.

It is widely recognized now that sow gestation crates are appallingly cruel. Imagine being confined to your bathtub, only with bars all around, for weeks or months, even. Confining intelligent and sentient beings like pigs in crates so small that they can’t even turn around is a practice that belongs in the dustbins of history, not 21st century Massachusetts.

If other farmers around the country are able to humanely and safely raise pigs without resorting to the use of cruel gestation crates, surely Massachusetts farmers can, too.

Catherine Gore

West Newbury

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