Voters to Weigh Cost of Restrictive Cages for Farm Animals

FILE-This Sept. 10, 2008 file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif. The New Year is bringing rising chicken egg prices across the country as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. The new standard backed by animal rights advocates has drawn fire nationwide because farmers in Iowa, Ohio and other states who sell eggs in California have to abide by the same requirements. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

BOSTON (AP) — When voters head to the polls in November, supporters of a pro-farm animal ballot question want them to imagine what it would feel like to spend their entire lives without enough room to stand, turn around, stretch their arms and legs and lay down again.

Opponents hope voters instead have their eyes on their wallets, arguing that approving the ballot question would drive up the costs of eggs and meat.

The proposal is Question 3 on the ballot and is aimed at improving the living conditions of farm animals, not just in Massachusetts but at any farm that wants to sell eggs and meat in the state.

While both sides passionately defend their views, so far only backers of the question have been raising money to make their case to voters.

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