To the Editor of THE EAGLE:
Isn't it common sense to allow farmed animals a life in which they can stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch out their limbs? Next to food, water and other humane care, isn't this basic? Charles W. Proctor (letter, May 21) feels that these protections, guaranteed by farm animal confinement bills H.1456/S.741, are "silly" because we only have one battery cage egg farm in our state. The bill he cites would simply create yet another agricultural board with not assurances of protection.
Mr. Proctor, being a fifth generation dairy farmer, should be leading the fight for H. 1456/S.741 so that small farms like his are never threatened by the huge factory farms which increasingly afflict other states and bankrupt family farms, with or without ag boards. Clearly, it is easier to keep such cruel mega-farms out than oust them once they are established. Or, as the Ben Franklin axiom goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" The Proctor family has nothing to fear from these bills.