Last week, Massachusetts’s General Court received an amendment to imprison in a county jail for a period of one-year, or implement a fine up to $1,000 to anyone who “confines or tethers a pregnant pig on a farm in a manner that prevents the pig from turning around freely.”

Since Florida’s ban a couple of years ago, animal-rights’ activists have tried to find similar success in other states with low pork production. So far, the efforts have fallen short. However, there are several strong animal-activist groups in and around Massachusetts, which will make this a real challenge. These are always costly events for the pork industry in terms of money and personnel time. The National Pork Producers Council will be tracking it closely.

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