InFocus: Ballot question #3 highlights farm animal regulations

The proposed law would create a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation and would give the Attorney General the exclusive authority to enforce the law, and to issue regulations to implement it.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - On Tuesday, November 8th, voters across the nation will head to the polls to vote for a new President of the United States, as well as for candidates and issues affecting their states and local communities.

In Massachusetts, there will be four ballot measures that voters will decide on.  One of those is Ballot Question 3- AN ACT TO PREVENT CRUELTY TO FARM ANIMALS.  A YES VOTE would prohibit any confinement of pigs, calves, and hens that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.  This would include out of state businesses that sell products in Massachusetts.  A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to the keeping of farm animals.

This week on 22News InFocus we'll make sure you understand the possible benefits and the drawbacks of this initiative. We will have two guests who will discuss both sides of the issue: Stephanie Harris from "Citizens for Farm Animal Protection" representing the "YES" vote and Diane Sullivan, an anti-poverty activist representing the "NO" vote.

Find out how this ballot measure will affect the agricultural industry and consumers in Massachusetts, this Sunday at noon on 22News InFocus.

Get more information on all the statewide ballot questions at the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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