Farmers fight ballot measure aimed at giving animals more room to breathe

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:37 AM

The Washington-based Attentive Society backs the MA Farm Animal Containment Initiative, but Peter Diemand says the rules might leave him number choice but to near his Wendell farm, which his family has operated since one thousand nine hundred thirty-six.

Farmers fight ballot measure aimed at giving animals more room to breathe

A measure proposed for the Election Day ballot in MA could force farmers to construct more space for their animals or close down the farms entirely.

The Washington-based Attentive Society backs the MA Farm Animal Containment Initiative, but Peter Diemand says the rules might leave him number choice but to near his Wendell farm, which his family has operated since 1936.

"As my mom and dad were getting older they really wanted the farm to continue for the family," Diemand told Fox News.

"This measure would require that chickens be able to spread their wings, and would in effect move them into cage-free housing," Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Attentive Society, explains.

Diemand currently has 3.000 chickens and says his cages hold the cost of eggs down. He also says it'south healthier because they hold the hens from stepping in their own excrement.

"The people that purchase the eggs from us really appreciate the high quality and the low cost," he added.

Critics of the measure declare it could lift the price of a dozen eggs up to eighty cents. They also point out voters in MA already have the choice to purchase cage-free eggs at grocery stores if they'd like.

"There are some types of animal cruelty that are so heinous that they simply ought not be permitted," Shapiro argues.

"I declare this isn't animal cruelty. If we've to modify how we hold chickens, it'south really going to affect our bottom line, whether or not we stay in the egg business," Diemand says.

Douglas Kennedy currently serves as a correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in one thousand nine hundred ninety-sixth and is based in New York.

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