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Steven Tyler Speaks Out Against Cruel Gestation Crates

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Rock icon Steven Tyler is taking a stand against inhumane farming practices and urging lawmakers to ban cruel gestation crates.

The legendary Aerosmith frontman has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to convince Massachusetts legislators to permanently ban the use of gestation crates on cow and pig farms throughout the state. Massachusetts holds a special place in Tyler’s heart, as Boston was the birthplace of his world-renowned band Aerosmith. In a recent HSUS press release, Tyler commended the state for regularly being “…ahead of the curve on important progressive issues.”

Tyler outlined Massachusetts’ proposed legislation and expressed the importance of enforcing crate-free food production facilities, saying:

…I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food. Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay.

Sows confined in gestation crates endure severe suffering, including open wounds and pressure sores. Unable to turn around, many pigs in gestation crates have even suffered from bleeding gums as a result of biting the bars in their attempt to escape these modern-day torture chambers.

This critical bill has two weeks to pass through the state legislature. Hopefully, thanks to Tyler’s endorsement and HSUS’s hard work, Massachusetts farms will finally cease their heartless use of gestation crates and inspire other states to establish similar farm animal protection laws.

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  • Ty Savoy

    Crony Capitalism dies a slow painful death. If the free market worked like it was supposed to work, gestation crates for pigs in factory farms would have been gone years ago. It’s on the way out slowly now, thanks to people like HSUS. The separation people in this culture have from the sources of their food is the problem. How can people ‘vote their their dollars’ to choose better alternatives, when they are unaware of things like the sick, twisted ways animals are treated in this system ?

    This is HSUS video from inside a Smithfield Farms Subsidiary in 2012, It should be noted that Smithfield has said they will phase out gestation crates by 2017. In the meantime, this is what they look like. http://tiny.cc/u8majx

    ‘Around the world, countries are phasing out the use of cruel gestation
    crates. In the European Union, a ban on the use of continuous use of
    crates came into effect on January 1st, 2013. In New Zealand and
    Australia, permanently housing sows in gestation crates will be phased
    out by 2015 and 2017, respectively. In the United States, Arizona,
    California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Rhode
    Island have all passed laws to phase out gestation crates, with other
    states considering similar plans.’ Source: HSUS http://tiny.cc/a2majx

  • Jan Fredericks

    Someone needs to alert our Gov. Christie about these cruel crates. He vetoed a bill that would have banned them in NJ. He says that he needs more info!

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