Permanently shut down the barbaric tenant farm in Westport, MA
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For years, a tenant farm in Massachusetts has been the site of animal cruelty and abuse. The owner and some of the tenants had been charged with animal cruelty in the past -- clearly that wasn’t a strong enough message. Recently, the police were called to the 71-acre farm and found hundreds of dead or injured animals.
It is time for the farm to be closed down for good.
In 2004, I adopted two beautiful dogs that were rescued from this farm. One had a rare genetic skin condition that my vet said is only seen in inbred animals. The other was kept outdoors all year long as a breeding female, covered with ticks and her fur gone. The fur fell off from a skin infection caused by sleeping in rotting hay. Imagine the pain she went through having to sleep outside through harsh New England winters without fur.
My dogs were lucky. They eventually escaped their barbaric treatment. My heart breaks for the hundreds of animals that didn’t. So many needlessly suffered and died at the hands of these so-called farmers.
We must shut down this awful place. The animals, bred for meat, private parties, or as pets, have endured enough. The town of Westport, where the farm is located, has not taken action to shut this farm down in spite of a long record of abuse. This farm is not just a detriment to the unfortunate animals who are kept there, it’s also a public health hazard. The animals are not properly vetted, harbor diseases, and the animals that are sold as pets often suffer a lifetime of health and behavioral problems.
These animals need us to take a stand. Join me in calling on the authorities to shut down the tenant farm. Please sign and share the petition today.
Learn more details about the cruelty uncovered at this farm in this article by the Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/20/westport-police-find-abused-animals-tenant-farm/4pD21BSrrrtqbTnkvL0ndL/story.html
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