Protect farm animals through Legislature

To the editor:

The Humane Society of The United States' (HSUS) answer to inhumane treatment of animals is to ban certain practices, two of which do not exist in Massachusetts at this time.

An Eagle article of Sept. 25 states that no groups have come forward to raise funds in opposition to Question 3. No one opposes inhumane treatment of animals (farm or otherwise). Although some of us in the business of animal agriculture oppose this particular ballot question, we do not condone the mistreatment of any animal.

As HSUS has poured over $1.5 million into this question, much of it from outside of Massachusetts, one has to wonder about its long-range agenda. The state agriculture industry cannot raise enough money to educate the public and defeat this referendum, as agriculture profits are very small.

The agriculture community has been trying to create a Care and Standards Act for the well-being for all animals. It creates a committee of farmers, veterinarians, humane society members and persons from the general public, but has met with resistance from legislative bodies.

We know all are interested in the humane treatment of all animals. Therefore, we urge that you vote "No" on Question 3 and instead, contact your legislators and urge them to pass the Care and Standards Act for the welfare of all animals.


Charles and Ellen Proctor, Egremont