Massachusetts Conditions for Farm Animals Initiative

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The Massachusetts Conditions for Farm Animals Initiative was Question 3 on the November 8, 2016 statewide ballot.[1] The measure will phase out what advocates say are "extreme" methods of farm animal confinement.[2]

Eleven other states already had rules regulating confinement conditions for certain farm animals and regulating the sale of products from such animals kept in "extreme confinement".[3]

The measure was approved by voters by a vote of 78% yes to 22% no;[4][5] it will take full effect on January 1, 2022.[6]

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  1. ^ Dumcius, Gintautas (2016-07-11). "Here are your Mass. ballot questions for Nov. 2016: Charter schools, marijuana, farm animal cruelty, and 2nd slot parlor". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. ^ "An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals" (PDF) (Complete text of this initiative). Massachusetts Attorney General. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  3. ^ Wooten, Casey (2016-10-17). "Farm Animal Confinement Rule to Go to Massachusetts Voters". Bloomberg BNA. Retrieved 2016-10-21. Massachusetts may join 11 other states in establishing anti-cruelty rules increasing the size of certain farm animal enclosures and regulating the sale of products from animals raised in extreme confinement
  4. ^ "Massachusetts Ballot questions, 3 - Improve Farm Animal Confines: All results in". The Boston Globe. 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-02-10. Yes 77.7% 2,502,676 votes
  5. ^ Buell, Spencer (2016-11-08). "Mass. Passes Question 3 on Animal Confinement". Boston. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  6. ^ Galvin, William Francis (2016). "Elections: 2016 Information For Voters". Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Archived from the original on 2017-01-21. The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2022.[dead link]

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