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Question 3 on Massachusetts' November ballot would prohibit cruel confinement of farm animals. (HSUS)

BOSTON -- When Commonwealth voters cast their ballots in November, one box they may check will for Question 3: a measure to prohibit cruelty in the confinement of farm animals. There are currently no rules for the confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts, said Paul Shapiro, vice president of f

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s

Supporters are gathering petitions for a 2016 ballot initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Courtesy: Humane Society of the United States.

BOSTON - People who are concerned about animal cruelty are hitting the streets gathering support for a 2016 Ballot Initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Rob Halpin, director of public relations with MSPCA-Angell, says the majority of people, in the Commonwealth and the natio

PHOTO: The Country-of-Origin Labeling law for meat is being challenged by foreign countries and some U.S. organizations. Photo credit: Monique Coppola

BOSTON – Country-of-Origin-Labeling, or COOL, requires labels on meat sold in the U.S. to clearly state where that meat comes from. And it isn’t sitting well with some foreign countries, along with groups in the U.S. that are working to get the rule quashed. Joe Maxwell is a livestock

PHOTO: An aerial view of a Texas feedlot. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization says large factory farms are increasing climate-changing pollution. Photo credit: Mishka Henner.

BOSTON - Observing "Meatless Monday" is not only good for your health and for animals, it's also good for the environment. A new report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organizationreaffirms what others have claimed: Livestock production is a major contributor to climate-changing pollut

Tyson still using pig gestation crates - considered by many to be extremely inhumane. Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary.

BOSTON - In a proposal to Tyson Foods, shareholders are asking the company - one of the world's largest meat and poultry producers - to find a little humanity when it comes to the pigs it uses for pork production. The company has no plans to phase out the use of gestation crates, which keep female p

Pregnant pigs are confined in gestation crates too small to turn around in. Photo Credit: Humane Society of The United States

BOSTON - More than 175 Massachusetts veterinarians have signed a letter to be presented to state legislators asking them to support The Act to Prevent Farm Animal Cruelty. At the heart of the issue are confinement crates for calves and gestation crates used for pregnant pigs. According to Dr. Barr

Animal Welfare Groups want veal & pig gestation crates banned in MA. Photo: HSUS.

SPENCER, Mass. - A livestock bill gets a hearing today in Massachusetts and it's drawing the ire of many animal welfare groups. The bill is touted as an act to promote the care and well-being of livestock, but according to Alexis Fox, the state director for the Humane Society of the United States, i

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