reports Massachusetts animal rights activists hope their presence at the State House this Wednesday will influence the fate of a bill to toughen laws aimed at protecting farm animals.

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would require farmers to provide enough room for veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens to lie down, stand up and turn around.

Legislators will vote on two additional bills relating to animal rights. Advocates support one protecting human and animal victims of domestic violence, and oppose a second which would allow for recreational use of leg-hold and body-crushing traps that had previously been banned.

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