Election Ballot Debate Series: Should Mass. Ban Some Confinement Of Certain Farm Animals?

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Part 2 of our special four-week Election Ballot Debate Series, hosted along with UMass Boston and The Boston Globe. 

We discuss ballot Question 3, which proposes banning the sale in Massachusetts of meat or eggs from hens, calves and pigs that are confined in a way that prevents them from moving around.

A WBUR poll last week shows 66 percent of likely voters support the initiative — 25 percent oppose it.

We asked the two groups involved in this issue to offer their representative to participate in this debate.

Miss the debate? You can listen to it atop this post or rewatch the live stream video below:


Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the U.S. He tweets @pshapiro. He's representing Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, which put forward the ballot question.

Bill Bell, general manager of the New England Brown Egg Council. No formal ballot committee has been formed in opposition to Question 3, but the council drafted the main opposition argument for the Secretary of State's Voter Guide.

Future Debates

--Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Question 1: would allow for an additional slots parlor
--Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Question 4: would legalize the recreational use of marijuana

Past Debate

--Tuesday, Sept. 13 - Question 2: would allow the approval up to 12 charter schools each year

This article was originally published on September 20, 2016.

This segment aired on September 20, 2016.



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