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Action Alert

Massachusetts: Ask Your State Representatives to Include Protections for Egg-Laying Hens in the Budget

This action is for Massachusetts residents only.

In 2016, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly passed what at the time was the strongest law for farmed animals in history. Since its passage, leading retailers, producers, and other states have established even stronger standards in the nationwide transition to cage-free conditions for hens.

A bill that would upgrade hen welfare and establish uniform cage-free standards (HD 596/S.36) to meet these higher standards is pending in the Massachusetts Legislature. But as we work to pass this bill, there’s another opportunity to increase protections for egg-laying hens by including these protections in the state budget.

Egg-laying hens are among the most abused animals in the country yet have few legal protections. The bill language would mandate egg-laying hens be able to engage in certain vital natural behaviors such as perching, nesting in boxes, dust bathing, and fully extending their wings. Please ask your state representative to support including the bill language in the state budget.

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