Question 3 was not written by experts on animal welfare. Instead, it was created by a national animal rights group with no experience in raising or caring for farm animals.
Animal welfare experts have made it clear that the type of animal housing required by Question 3 will be disastrous to farm animals; leading to greater instances of death, disease, and injury.
In statement, the National Association Of Egg Farmers made it clear that Question 3 endangers the health of animals AND the people who care for them:
“The premise that cage-free eggs will benefit the hen is not true. Removing chickens from cages, where they have been for decades, will lead to issues with pecking prevented by the cage environment. That is why farmers transitioned to cages decades ago. Furthermore, the eggs are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria due to prolonged exposure from litter and manure in the nest boxes or on the ground. As for the workers, the amount of dust, which can transmit pathogens, inside a cage-free house represents a health risk to farm workers, and the need for workers to collect floor eggs creates ergonomic challenges, too.”
The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association has also come out against Question 3. https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/massvet.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Advocacy/2016_MVMA_Position_Statement.pdf
To learn more about the consequences of different animal housing options, read more here: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/LiteratureReviews/Pages/Welfare-Implications-of-Laying-Hen-Housing.aspx
Question 3 is about making it impossible for Massachusetts families to afford eggs and pork. It’s not about caring for farm animals.