- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Chefs at several Massachusetts restaurants are asking state lawmakers to prevent farm animals from being locked in cages that are so restrictive they are unable to turn around.

Twelve chefs and restaurant owners signed a letter to House and Senate members on behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition for Humane Farms. It urged support for legislation to prohibit pork and veal producers from confining pigs and calves raised for veal in small crates.

The chefs also called for a ban on restrictive cages for egg-laying hens.

The letter said restaurant customers are increasingly concerned about where the food they are served comes from and whether animals the animals were raised under human conditions.

The coalition says tight confinement can also weaken the immune systems of animals, increasing the risk that dangerous pathogens could enter the food supply.

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