Prevent Creation of Biased Livestock Board

Farm Animals

Target: Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Goal: Prevent the creation of a biased livestock board that will place corporate interests over animal welfare

Massachusetts legislators have proposed the creation of a politically unaccountable livestock board that would intentionally take the place of concerned representatives from animal welfare organizations. The health, safety and well-being of farm animals would be jeopardized if the board proposal is approved.

The proposed state board, called the Livestock Care and Standards Board, would have the ability to veto farm animal welfare regulations by the state, giving them an unbalanced amount of power over state legislators. Further, while state legislators are held politically accountable for their actions, board members would have no accountability to the public under the proposed terms.

In addition to draining the state’s resources, the creation of the board is an attempt to “intentionally cut many animal welfare organizations out of the process of creating animal welfare regulations,” according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal welfare organizations seek to promote the well-being of animals as their top priority, and without their voice, private interests are likely to be put first over the welfare of animals.

Urge state representatives to uphold their obligation to democracy and government transparency by opposing the creation of the Livestock Care and Standards Board.


Dear Mr. DeLeo,

I am writing to ask you to oppose the creation of the Livestock Care and Standards Board in your state. I believe that the board would threaten the health, safety and well-being of farm animals and give board members an unbalanced amount of power.

If the board proposal is approved, board members would have the power to veto state-mandated farm animal welfare regulations, placing them above politically accountable state legislators. They would also have no accountability to the public and would drain the state’s resources. Most importantly, the board would essentially shut out animal welfare organizations during the process of creating animal welfare regulations. This would provide ample opportunity for private interests to be prioritized over the welfare of the animals.

It is the responsibility of state legislators to uphold their obligation to democracy and the transparency of such boards, as well as to animal welfare. I urge you to ensure the Livestock Care and Standards Board is not created by opposing H. 753.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Rosemary Anderson says:

    What imbecilic moron thought of this, Whoever it was obviously has no care as to how animals are treated. It is an obscenity to even think of this. Anyone that agrees with this is a moron and will be guilty of animals abuse.

  2. Sandi Adams says:

    This is proverbial fox watching the chicken coop. It’s an easy to see “conflict of interest.” If this is a direction, then it must be (wo)manned by people who speak and negotiate for the animals as they cannot speak for themselves. With unannounced audits of all activities at the farm and medical records and needs. There should be a veterinary available to be present for these audits. This should be nationwide and use the same audit procedures with scoring. Scoring can be used for customers of these animals products to select the healthiest products from cared for animals. The farms pay for this service as it becomes a marketing tool for them to keep and attract more customers. This would be like the automotive industry certification system mandated by the OEMS.

  3. Sandi Adams says:

    No more Mr. Nice Guy government for the agricultural livestock industries. They are loaded with cash because they have free reign of their business which could ultimately cause a serious food contamination problem that could kill people. Not to mention the continued extreme suffering of the animals.

  4. Norma Whittaker says:

    Please tell me this will not happen!!! We have to lobby too , not just the opposition we must make our voices heard on behalf of non human animals,

  5. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Wasn’t I surprised to see that this petition is directed at Massachusetts. I had assumed it would be Montana or Idaho. What a disappointment.

  6. Ag-gag laws are bad enough. The creation of an ag-gag *board* is unconscionable.

  7. Emily March says:

    My great-great grandfather emigrated to Mass from Europe years ago; he wasn’t a farmer but had few complaints about the integrity of the state and the way it was run. How come this changed so? USA Land of Liberty : may it stay that way!

  8. caryl sawyer says:

    Whoa! Do we sense some kickback here? You betcha!

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