In my over 30 years at the MSPCA, I’ve witnessed the compassion of Massachusetts residents time and time again. Folks across the commonwealth will go out of their way to help animals in need, whether it’s an injured bird or a homeless dog. Not surprisingly, Massachusetts has strong laws to protect companion animals and many protections for wildlife. But sadly we lag behind other states in protecting one of the most abused groups of animals: those raised for food. Pigs, chickens and calves suffer just like other creatures, but they are forced to endure severe deprivation for most of their lives in the intensive confinement systems used by most meat and egg operations.