Casey Affleck wants Mass. lawmakers to stop factory farming

BOSTON (WWLP) — A Hollywood actor is promoting legislation that bans factory farming practices in Massachusetts.

Casey Affleck is lobbying Beacon Hill legislators to support a bill that bans the extreme confinement of farm animals.

The Oceans Eleven star met with House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Wilbraham Senator Gale Candaras and other state lawmakers to promote a ban on cages that prevent farm animals from being able to turn around. While environmental group, Food and Water Watch, ranks Massachusetts as having “moderate” factory farm practices, Affleck hopes the bill he supports will discourage such practices from expanding in his home state. 

“I think it’s part of a culture of violence, and you know that the way we treat animals bleeds over into the way that we treat other things, our friends, our family, other human beings,” Affleck said.

Affleck is vegan, and has been involved in many animal rights campaigns for PETA and Farm Sanctuary.

His older brother, Ben Affleck, is also an active voice in fighting violence and poverty in the Congo.

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