Conditions for Farm Animals in Massachusetts
A group of our 5th grade students have researched both sides of the debate and would like your opinion on the topic of Conditions for Farm Animals. We focused our research on confinement of hens. Please read the two sides below and cast your vote.

Con: We strongly feel that hens should be caged. We believe that free ranged hens do not have safety from predators. It also violate the Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause allows the government to regulate trade between states and foreign nations. The non-complying farmers will spend more. It decreases an income and creates higher prices of eggs. Farmers would either have to pay millions of dollars to make hen houses compliant or stop sales to states that ban selling of caged hens.

Pro: We support the prohibition of the cruel confinement of hens because cage-free hens can perch, nest and dust bathe all things denied by battery cages. Also, caged laying hens are among the most intensively confined animals. A caged hen has less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper in which they must live their whole life on. Cages not only increase the danger to hens but humans also. Salmonella is the most dangerous type of food poisoning, very common in caged animal products.

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Conditions for Farm Animals
Conditions for Farm Animals
A YES vote will end the cruel confinement of hens.
A NO vote would allow the practice of caging hens to continue.
Do you agree with the prohibition of confining hens to battery cages along with prohibiting the sale of their eggs? *
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