(CELEBRITY NEWS/FACTORY FARMING) MASSACHUSETTS — Steven Tyler, lead singer of the band Aerosmith, is calling for a ban on the inhumane confinement of farm animals in gestation crates.
Many farm animals used for food purposes, such as pigs and veal calves, are forced to live in these tiny and debilitating crates until they are slaughtered. But according to Bill S.2232, animals used for food will no longer be held captive in extreme confinement.
Tyler is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to pass Bill S.2232, and create a healthier environment for abused farm animals.
As a public figure, Tyler helps bring awareness to this pressing issue, stating:
“Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it’s also the birthplace of my band Aerosmith. That’s why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food.”
“Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay.”
Because animals cannot move in gestation crates, they tend to develop open wounds, pressure sores, and psychological disorders, such as depression.
Bill S.2232 is not only supported by the legendary Steven Tyler, but also a wide range of individuals including farmers, vets, and public health experts.
According to Alexis Fox, the Massachusetts state director for the Humane Society of the United States:
“Massachusetts has a significant historical, cultural and commercial role in American history and that includes being home of one of the greatest rock icons of all time.”
“S. 2232 is supported by a broad coalition of farmers, veterinarians, public health experts, chefs, environmental protection organizations, animal lovers and Steven Tyler. All of us simply want to ensure that these cruel crates do not have a place in the Commonwealth.”
Aside from Massachusetts, 10 other states have already passed farm animal protection laws. Massachusetts legislature has just two more weeks to pass Bill S.2232, and animal rights activists are hopeful that justice for farm animals will prevail.
TAKE ACTION: Send a letter to your state representative requesting that Bill S.2232 passes.
— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal
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