The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a ballot question that asks voters to outlaw keeping egg-laying hens, veal calves and breeding pigs in "cruel" confined quarters is legal.
The ruling means voters this November will get a chance to outlaw both the very close quarters for these animals in Massachusetts and the sale of any products that come from animals raised that way anywhere.
One argument by the people seeking to strike the question was that it was too broad under the state constitution because it applies to three separate species and that "voters may believe that certain confinement practices are beneficial
for one species but detrimental for another, so that voters would not be able to affirm or reject the entire petition as a unified statement of public policy."
Hogwash and poppycock, the state's highest court ruled. "Overly cramped
conditions" are overly cramped conditions, regardless of species, the justices wrote.