Steven Tyler
by Sierra Britton
Categories: Animals, Causes
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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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About Sierra Britton

Sierra Britton is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for animal rights, vegetarian cooking and well-written sitcoms. When she isn't writing, she can be found biking, thrift store shopping and quoting "Arrested Development." Follow Sierra on Twitter: @brittosim

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  • 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!