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The proposed law would require the Commissioner of the Department of Food and Agriculture to issue regulations to ensure that farm animals are maintained in good health and that cruel or inhumane practices are not used in the raising, handling or transportation of farm animals.

The Commissioner would issue regulations, effective within four years after passage of the proposed law, about the surgical procedures used on farm animals, the transportation and slaughter of farm animals, and the diet and housing of those animals. The Director of the Division of Animal Health could issue exemption permits for a period of time up to one year and one half to any farmer.

Under the proposed measure, an unpaid Scientific Advisory Board on Farm Animal Welfare comprised of veterinarians and animal scientists would also be established within the Department of Food and Agriculture. The Board would examine animal agricultural practices, issue for publication certain reports on farm practices, and make non-binding recommendations to the Commissioner about specific regulations. If appropriated by the legislature, the Board may allocate an annual sum of not more than ten cents per Massachusetts citizen to assist farmers in adopting methods which are consistent with the purposes of this law.

The Director of the Division of Animal Health would be responsible for enforcing regulations issued as a result of this proposed law. Persons who violate the new law would be punished by a fine of up to $1,000,

1988 Nov 8 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 3 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, which was disapproved by the House of Representatives on May 2, 1988, by a vote of 2-150, and disapproved by the Senate on May 3, 1988, by a vote of 0-34?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
11,091
18,302
2,418
29,393
31,811
Precinct 1
 
377
667
147
1,044
1,191
Precinct 2
 
464
818
109
1,282
1,391
Precinct 3
 
433
758
109
1,191
1,300
Precinct 1
 
490
640
115
1,130
1,245
Precinct 2
 
534
896
125
1,430
1,555
Precinct 3
 
624
845
109
1,469
1,578
Precinct 1
 
571
902
133
1,473
1,606
Precinct 2
 
533
797
117
1,330
1,447
Precinct 3
 
588
905
105
1,493
1,598
Precinct 1
 
370
695
80
1,065
1,145
Precinct 2
 
465
782
125
1,247
1,372
Precinct 3
 
505
842
99
1,347
1,446
Precinct 1
 
445
902
89
1,347
1,436
Precinct 2
 
445
903
91
1,348
1,439
Precinct 3
 
617
936
85
1,553
1,638
Precinct 1
 
713
1,130
131
1,843
1,974
Precinct 2
 
590
1,077
121
1,667
1,788
Precinct 3
 
665
852
125
1,517
1,642
Precinct 1
 
563
1,009
109
1,572
1,681
Precinct 2
 
518
904
149
1,422
1,571
Precinct 3
 
581
1,042
145
1,623
1,768
Totals
 
11,091
18,302
2,418
29,393
31,811