Ballot Question 3 passes; question prohibits farm animal confinement practices

Question deals with farm animal confinement

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters have approved an animal rights measure, designed to create more humane conditions for farm animals, The Associated Press projects.

With 40% precincts reporting, the “yes” side on Ballot Question 3 has come out on top with 990,953 votes or 78% to the “no” side’s 284,515 votes or 22%.

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The question prohibits the confinement of pigs, calves, and hens that prevent them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely. Proponents have argued that the law change would result in better treatment for farm animals and improve food safety, while critics have argued that it could lead to higher food costs.