About Citizens for Farm Animal Protection

Vote YES! on Question 3 to protect farm animals in Massachusetts!

Residents of the Commonwealth have shown time and time again that they want commonsense protections for animals, the environment, and food safety. Now they’re expressing support for Question 3, a modest measure to protect the most abused animals in the pork, veal, and egg industries. More than a thousand volunteers helped collect over 170,000 signatures of Massachusetts voters to put Question 3 on the ballot this November.

Voting YES! on Question 3 will prevent farm animals from being crammed into cages so small they can hardly move an inch. Voting YES! on 3 will also ensure that food items sold in the Commonwealth are compliant with these modest standards. Major companies like Walmart and McDonald's are already implementing similar standards. And yet, agribusiness lobbyists are still fighting these common-sense, moderate regulations. Read more about the opposition to Question 3 here »

We're a broad coalition of charities, family farmers, veterinarians, businesses, and community leaders dedicated to protecting animals and Massachusetts consumers from substandard, inhumane, and unsafe products. Check out our full list of endorsers here »

Prevents animal cruelty

Voting YES! on 3 will prevent the cruel confinement of farm animals, which is why the MSPCA, Animal Rescue League of Boston, ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States and more than 500 Massachusetts veterinarians endorse a YES! vote on Question 3. Science shows that pigs, chickens, and cows are intelligent, social animals. But on some industrialized “factory farms,” they’re locked in cages so small they can barely move. Independent animal welfare experts agree that this causes physical and mental suffering. Read more here »

Improves food safety

Voting YES! on 3 will eliminate unsafe products from the Massachusetts marketplace. Cramming tens of thousands of animals into tiny cages promotes the spread of disease. That’s why the Center for Food Safety and Consumer Federation of America endorse Question 3. Numerous studies show that Salmonella-the leading cause of food poisoning-related death in America-is more common in cage facilities than cage-free farms. Read more here »

Protects the environment

Voting YES! on 3 would protect rivers, air, and public health, which is why the Massachusetts Sierra Club endorses Question 3. Factory farms that confine farm animals in cages produce enormous amounts of concentrated waste that’s often contaminated with antibiotic residue and other dangerous chemicals. Factory farms are a leading cause of air and water pollution. Read more here »

Promotes responsible farming

Voting YES! on 3 will help promote responsible farming. Responsible Massachusetts family farmers know the importance of treating animals with respect. And better animal welfare tends to mean better conditions for farm laborers. That’s why Question 3 is endorsed by more than 100 Massachusetts farmers and the United Farm Workers. Read more here »

Establishes modest sales standards

Voting YES! on 3 would ensure that substandard, inhumane, and unsafe products from these cruel confinement systems aren’t sold in the Commonwealth. Question 3 is a moderate measure supported by Massachusetts veterinarians and farmers and would cost only about a penny per egg according to the egg industry’s own studies. That’s why big egg buyers have already committed to go cage-free – including McDonalds, Walmart, and Burger King. Read more here »


You can help secure a YES! vote on Question 3, whether you live in Massachusetts or beyond.

In Massachusetts: sign up here »

Out-of-state: sign up here »