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Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

To the editor:

I’m watching closely to see the fate of an important animal protection bill that state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg will be a key decision-maker on, and I hope he does the right thing.

Senate Bill 2232 would finally ban locking pigs and calves used by the meat industry in cages so tightly they can barely move, let alone walk.

This commonsense legislation reflects the compassionate, progressive values of our area and of those espoused by Sen. Rosenberg. He has championed humanitarian and environmental causes in the past and he now has the opportunity to utilize his clout for animals.

This bill should be treated with the same amount of urgency as other social issues. I urge Sen. Rosenberg to promote this bill as quickly as possible.

As voters in Massachusetts, we now have the chance to extend some protections to farm animals. We need our leaders to immediately pass the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act to outlaw this type of abuse.

Melissa Tardiff

Northampton

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I also urge Senator Rosenberg to be a leading voice in promoting this important bill. At stake, we have the lives of hundreds of thousands of mammals living under the industry's unnecessary torture, as well as our public health and local economy for small family owned farms. Thank you in advance for your integrity, common sense leadership and compassion.

What an excellent letter, Melissa! I certainly hope that Sen. Rosenberg not only gets the farm bill out of his committee but pushes it through for a yes vote! MA can be known as the innovative state which, once again, gets in front of a terrible industry practice and prevents it.

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