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July 18, 2014

Steven Tyler Wants Better Treatment of Farm Animals

Aerosmith frontman urges legislators to ban cruel confinement

Legendary artist Steven Tyler, who performed on Wednesday with Aerosmith at the Xfinity Center Mansfield, is asking Massachusetts lawmakers to ban the locking of breeding pigs and veal calves in crates so small they can't turn around. The rock icon states:

"Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it’s also the birthplace of my band Aerosmith. That’s why 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."

Mass. residents: Urge your lawmakers to support S.2232 »

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An undercover HSUS investigation seen here exposes the cruelty of gestation crates.

Alexis Fox, Massachusetts state director for The HSUS, said: “Massachusetts has a significant historical, cultural and commercial role in American history and that includes being home of one of the greatest rock icons of all time. S. 2232 is supported by a broad coalition of farmers, veterinarians, public health experts, chefs, environmental protection organizations, animal lovers and Steven Tyler. All of us simply want to ensure that these cruel crates do not have a place in the Commonwealth.”

The legislature has two weeks left to pass this critical legislation. Ten other states including Rhode Island and Maine have already passed similar farm animal protection laws. For more information, please visit humanesociety.org/mafarmanimals.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 301-548-7793, namini@humanesociety.org

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