In the U.S. eggs, measured by the number Americans eat and changing industry standards, are big ticket items. A ballot question in Massachusetts would make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals who’ve been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. Other New England states have already adopted some farm-animal welfare regulations concerning pigs or calves. But not regarding chickens.
It’s a slow moving trend, but early voting is taking hold state-by-state. Massachusetts is the most recent to offer ballots to all registered voters ahead of Election Day.
A state plan to relocate endangered rattlesnakes to an island in the Quabbin Reservoir faces opposition from nearby residents.
Governors in the six New England states will be sworn in this week.